Thesis / Dissertation

Understanding small and large milk fat globule phenotype variation in dairy cows through milk lipidomic characterisation

Leonie Walter, Brian Leury (ed.)

Published : 2019


Milk fat globules (MFGs) are spherical structures comprising a neutral lipid core that is surrounded by a three-layer membrane. This MFG membrane is of nutritional benefit for infants and adult consumers. Individual variation in the size of MFGs is observed within a herd of the same breed, and this milk production trait, if selected for through breeding programs, could be exploited for a more targeted milk production for specific technological streams. For example, large MFGs are desirable for butter making, whereas small MFGs are preferred for cheese making and direct consumption due to improved sensory properties and increased relative abundance of the beneficial membrane material. The in..

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