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Tracing the Domestic Pig

Goran Kušec

Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek, Croatia


Ivona Djurkin Kušec

Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek


Evolution Domestication Breeds Carcass Composition Carcass Grading Pig Growth Quality of Pig Meat Pork Products Pork Chain Authentication Artificial Meat Consumer Preferences

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The appearance of domestic pig today is shaped mainly by the economic expectations of us, humans. Today’s pig has superior reproductive, fattening and carcass traits compared to its ancient ancestors. This could not be achieved without highly effective support of scientific research aimed at the revealing of genetic basis underlying the important economic traits of pigs and at the involvement of novel technologies in phenotyping of these animals, both in vivo and post mortem. Yet the research is spreading beyond the biological issues connected to the production of pigs and their products. Latest development in the computer science and informatic technology enables us to collect and store the information from all stages in the production of food, leading back to its origin. Traceability throughout the production chain is receiving a lot of attention as an inevitable factor in the assurance of quality and safety of food, but these techniques are also used for many different purposes, from breeding and conservation programmes to the authentication of products with protected indications of origin. The production of pigs and pork products is very much affected by the consumers’ wish to know more about the food they buy.

Questions about the breed, the way the pigs were raised, how were they managed, how they were processed into wide palette of products can be answered by the use of methodologies developed by scientists in the fields of different “omics” and all these information can be passed along the chain to the consumers in the immutable manner. The producers can use these data to manage such complex issues as meat or product quality. And this closes the circle; tracing the domestic pig is an attempt to present the current knowledge about this valuable animal, about its origin, composition, the food that it gives us and to predict or foresee what can happen to this species in the future. In the light of the above-mentioned research approaches.

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Expected publication date: January 22nd 2021

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Goran Kušec

Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences Osijek, Croatia

Goran Kušec is full professor at Faculty of Agrobiotechnical Sciences of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia. He graduated at the Faculty of agriculture in Osijek, Croatia in 1988, 1987 he obtained MS degree at the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb, and PhD at Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany in 2001. He is coordinator on the module "Animal Products" on graduate study and "Growth of domestic animals" on the doctoral study. His scientific interests are mainly connected with the genetic and environmental influences on meat quality and carcass composition of pigs and with the investigation of animal growth in relation with morphological changes and tissue development. He co-authored about 100 scentific and professional papers and 4 book chapters. He supervised 6 PhD, and a number of MS and graduate students.

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