Click here for more information about Algenuity
Click here for more information about Liqofluxphenometrics515R1
Visit cricatalyst.com!Evodos Separation Technology

Process

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

December 17, 2017
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

PhD student Bethan Till is aiming to improve the fat composition of milk by feeding microalgae to her cows.

Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor for dailypost.com.uk, writes about Caernarfon (Wales) scientist Bethan Till, who has been feeding micro-algae to dairy cows to develop “super healthy” dairy products. The PhD student hopes her findings will revolutionize dairy consumption as, she notes, the improved products have the potential to lower heart disease and boost mental wellbeing.

A tasting panel at Harper Adams University, in Shropshire, UK, has already given the thumbs up to cheese made from Ms. Till’s omega-3 enriched milk. “Fish is typically regarded as a natural source of omega-3s but the levels are diminishing and less fish is being consumed,” she said. “By increasing the level of omega-3 in cheese, which is already integrated into many people’s diets, they can have this healthier benefit without having to alter their eating and shopping habits.”

“It’s also a good route to ensure that children achieve good intake levels of omega-3s as they’ll more readily consume milk and cheese, than, say, fish,” she notes.

Bethan’s study at Harper Adams involved feeding one of four diets to high yielding Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. Three of these diets contained micro-algae at different concentrations, with medium levels found to work best. Cow performance, in terms of feed intake, milk yield and body condition score, was unaffected.

The study’s primary goal is to find ways of improving Western diets, which typically provide less-than-recommended levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. As well as off-setting cardiovascular disease and depression, these omega-3 compounds have been shown to enhance children’s learning abilities.

A secondary goal is to assess whether microalgae improves fertility. US researchers have found improved reproduction in dairy cows, with increased conception rates and fewer days to pregnancy. However the Harper Adams study is still at its early stages. For Ms. Till, a key success of the Alltech-sponsored project was its positive impact on the taste of milk products. “From the cheese tasting panel, we found there were no negative effects on taste,” she said.

Read More

More Like This…

Copyright ©2010-2018 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

twittertopbarlinks_eventstopbarlinks_requesttopbarlinks_archives

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. have announced that, in joint research into advanced biofuels, they have modified an algal strain to more than double its oil conte...
WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more eff...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and...
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) reports that an international team has discovered an enzyme which allows microalgae to convert some of their fatty acid...
Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 mi...
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 f...
The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, a technology-based economic development program funded by the state of Utah, has awarded a $175,320 grant for...
Cyanotech Corporation a leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of f...
Trade Arabia reports that the Oman Centre for Marine Biotechnology (OCMB) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Swedish Algae Factory to support the domestic...
42 Technology has been appointed by LabXero, acoustic particle filtration technology company, to help develop pilot-scale biomanufacturing equipment that could significan...
JapanNews.com reports that Euglena Co., a Tokyo-based maker of nutritional supplements, is spending ¥5.8 billion ($5.3 million USD) on building a test refinery that conve...
Amy Thompson writes in Space.com that SpaceX successfully launched its 15th Space Station cargo-resupply mission on Friday, June 29; carrying a payload of experiments des...