The project proposes a medium-size pig (140 kg) chain as an alternative to imported pork, combining productivity, sustainability, pig genomic selection and technological innovation for meat products with high nutritional and sensory quality.

The project consists of 5 objectives during the Project Period:

0 – Project coordination and management.

Leader and Research partner: SSICA – Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (Experimental Station for the Food Preserved Industry)

Project Objective 1 – Application of genomic methods in pig farming aimed at the production of fresh and processed pork products with improved nutritional properties.

Research partner  CIRI-AGROALIMENTARE  – Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Agri-food -Bologna University

Project Objective 2 – Improvement of nutritional, functional and technological characteristics of pork by supplementing the diet with extruded linseed rich in omega-3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants extracted from vegetal by-products.

Research partner BIOGEST-SITEIA – Interdepartmental Research Centre for Agri-Food Biological Resources Improvement and Valorisation – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Project Objective 3 – Production of processed pork products with reduction of saturated fat and salt content and use of functional molecules from vegetal co- and by-products with antioxidant and chemo-protective action.

Leader and Research Partner SSICA – Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (Experimental Station for Food Preserving Industry)

Project Objective 4 – Assessment of the nutritional quality and in vitro health impact of products from the pork chain innovated through pig selection and feeding, quality of raw material, ingredients and processing.

Research partner  SITEIA.PARMA – Interdepartmental Research Centre for agri-food safety, technology and innovation of the University of Parma

COMT – Interdepartmental Centre for Molecular and Translational Oncology

Project Objective 5 Dissemination of results.

Collaborator Fondazione REI –Reggio Emilia Innovazione 

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