Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Effects of probiotic supplementation on oxidation stability of broilers exposed to heat stress"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Animal/Food Science
Project Description:
Heat stress (HS) adversely affects broiler performance and meat quality. Recent studies found that feeding probiotics to broilers alleviates these negative impacts by improving their gut health and nutrient absorption. However, little to no research has been performed to determine the effect of probiotic feeding on meat quality of broilers exposed to high temperature. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of dietary supplement of Sporulin on the oxidation stability and meat quality of HS broilers.
Expected Student Contributions:
Students will perform physico-chemical assays to determine meat quality measurement analyses under a close guidance of graduate students, a post-doc research associate, and project faculty advisors. The students are responsible for keeping accurate data records and conducting literature review. They are required to submit a mid-term progress report and the final report upon the completion of the study by the final week.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA>3.0,relevant previous lab experiences preferred
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Kim, Yuan
animal sciences

Student Supervisor

Hyunwook Kim

Cooperating Faculty

Heng-Wei Cheng