Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Kent Reed Examines Effects of Extreme Temperatures Impacting well-being of Turkeys

October 2, 2018
Dr. Kent Reed with turkeys.

Dr. Kent Reed, Professor in the Dept. of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, and his lab team including Natalie Barnes, Kristelle Mendoza, Gale Strasburg, and Sandra Velleman recently published a paper in Poultry Science, September 2018 issue entitled, "Thermal challenge alters the transcriptional profile of the breast muscle in turkey poults."

This paper illustrates how extreme temperatures can lead to environmental stressors that impact the well-being and economic value of poultry. Significant differential gene expression was observed in both growth-selected and random bred birds at both temperature extremes when compared to control-brooded poults. 

To learn more about Poultry and Turkey Genome Research please visit the Reed Lab website.