September 29, 2020


US researchers explore nutritional strategies to reduce incidence and severity of wooden breast


USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have announced the completion of a funded research project at The Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio, in which researchers explored nutritional strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of wooden breast.

The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Mar-Jac Poultry and is part of the Association's research programme encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.

The project summary is as follows.

Project #710: Early Post-Hatch Nutritional Strategies to Reduce the Incidence and Severity of Wooden Breast and Inflammatory Myopathies

In a recently completed research project, Dr. Sandra G. Velleman and colleagues at the College of Food, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University investigated the effects of increased dietary omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants on the incidence and severity of wooden breast. Data suggest that early diet intervention with antioxidants will decrease the severity of phenotypic wooden breast at market age. 

More information on the project can be found at: