Ohio State University’s Sandra Velleman helps turkeys and the industry around them get stronger.
A scientist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Velleman studies the genetic and cellular mechanisms governing how turkey muscles grow and develop — key to improving the birds’ growth rate, keeping them lean and raising them efficiently for food. Then she helps the poultry industry and poultry producers develop management practices that put those findings to use.
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) recently honored Velleman for her contributions by presenting her with its 2014 Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award. The award honors outstanding achievements by an OARDC faculty member at the rank of professor.
Velleman, who last year earned Expertscape’s No. 1 world ranking for turkey research based on her published expertise, is a professor in the college’s Department of Animal Sciences.
Her findings have led to the development, for example, of turkey production practices that maximize muscle growth and reduce fat conversion, the result being to maintain the low-fat turkey breast meat consumers prefer.… Continue readingRead More »