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Arkansas researcher in search of a more water-efficient chicken

Fred Miller/University of Arkansas Sara Orlowski, University of Arkansas assistant professor of poultry science, is selecting broilers for water efficiency. Her aim is to breed for birds that maintain consistent feed conversion and weight gain while consuming less water.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In a world with shrinking freshwater resources for a growing human population, where do you find enough moisture to grow food? You might start by improving water use efficiency in the world's number one livestock animal — chickens.

Sara Orlowski, University of Arkansas assistant professor of poultry science, is working toward developing chickens that can thrive on limited water.

Her research is part of a five-year, multi-institution project funded by a $9.9 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant. The grant was awarded through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Walter Bottje. . .

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