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Agents of Change - a new book co-edited by Professor Alan Kelly

19 Feb 2021

Agents of Change - Enzymes in Milk and Dairy Products

An edited collection of chapters on dairy enzymology, including chapters written by many staff and postgraduates of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.

Published by Springer-Nature, the book, or selected chapters, can be purchased by clicking on the link below.

The enzymology of milk and other products is of enormous significance for the production and quality of almost every dairy product. Milk itself is a complex biological fluid that contains a wide range of enzymes with diverse activities, some of which have identifiable functions while others are present as an accidental consequence of the mechanism of milk secretion. Over time milk enzymology has become an incredibly essential component of milk and other dairy product production, and with advancing technology and processing techniques, its importance is at its peak. 



'Agents of Change' presents an expansive overview of the enzymology of milk and other dairy products, focusing on the use of indigenous and endogenous enzymes in milk and exogenous enzymes in cheese processing. It focuses on the main families of indigenous enzymes as well as their potential significance in the mammary gland plus the technological significance for the properties of dairy products. It studies the implications for the manufacture and ripening of cheese plus the use of enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase for measuring heat treatment in milk.

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