MANNA - project 08
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Effect of dietary lipids on porcine meat quality (intramuscular fat content and composition)

Autonomous University of Barcelona
University of Glasgow
Harriet Scott
RAFT Solutions (UK)
MetLabs (Slovak Republic)

TAGS: lipid; RNASeq; pig;



The project linked to the ESR will study the effects dietary lipid composition on meat quality of the pig and associate this finding to the genetics of the pig.

Description of the project

In a first experiment, changes in the muscular miRNOme and transcriptome from pigs fed with diets enriched with either saturated or unsaturated fatty acid will be determined by RNAseq. The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will also characterize the intramuscular fat content with a near-infrared transmittance device and muscle fat by gas chromatography, and will participate in an in vitro study carried out with other MANNA ESR projects. Metabolomics and proteomics will also be carried out on serum and muscle samples. Results will be compared with phenotypic and genomic data obtained in previous projects performed at UAB in different breeds and translated into commercial products and innovative breeding strategies.

The ESR will be enrolled by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (, Spain, under the supervision of prof. Armand Sanchez Bonastre and will be awarded a Double Doctorate degree in co-tutelle with the University of Milan (, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Giovanni Savoini. The supervision team is completed a non academic supervisor from Harriet Scott, from RAFT Solutions. The research will involve secondments to University of Glasgow (, to RAFT Solutions, UK, (, and MetLabs ( at Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

The selected candidate will participate in the network’s training activities and work placements in the laboratories of the participating academic and industrial partners.