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Brian Bowker

Brian Bowker, Ph.D, is research food technologist, Quality & Safety Assessment Research Unit, U.S. National Poultry Research Center, USDA-ARS, 950 College Station Rd., Athens, GA 30605; Phone 706.546.3610;



Heavy broilers tough problem: white striping, woody breast

Broiler meat quality defects known as white striping and woody breast are negatively impacting the U.S. chicken industry, which needs answers about causes and management strategies.
Because white striping and woody breast conditions in broiler chicken meat are closely linked to economically important live production and carcass yield traits, these meat quality defects pose a substantial challenge to the poultry industry.
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