Dairy Microbiology

Course content

The course will contain lectures on:

  • Raw milk microflora
  • Pathogenic and spoilage microflora
  • Bioprotective cultures
  • Starter cultures: primary (lactic acid bacteria) and adjunct (yeasts, moulds, propionibacterium, red smear microflora, lactic acid bacteria ripening cultures) starter cultures microflora as well as adventious microbflora (non-starter lactic acid bacteria) and their role in dairy products
  • Bacteriophage and bacteriophage resistance in dairy environment
  • Role of starter culture physiology on growth and end products (aroma formation, proteolysis, glycolysis, amino acid catabolism)
  • Guest lectures from speakers representing major starter culture producers


Laboratory and theoretical excercises will include:

  • Characterization of starter cultures using culture and culture independent techniques
  • Detection and propagation of bacteriophages from dairy products
  • Influence of starter culture propagation conditions on starter composition and activity

 

Education

MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to give the students a thorough knowledge of roles and importance of microbes in manufacture of dairy products. Focus will be on primary and adjunct starter cultures for dairy products, and including the adventious microflora associated with cheese.

Through lectures and laboratory exercies the course will also give the students additional knowledge on microbiological analysis on organisms relevant for dairy products. Knowledge of the most important spoilage and patogenic microbes in dairy products will also be obtained.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
 

Knowledge

  • Describe the composition of starter cultures and their use in dairy products
  • Describe the secondary, adjunct and adventitious microflora found in cheese and their biochemical role in cheese ripening
  • Comprehend the role of physiology of starter, secondary starter, adjunct cultures and non-starter bacteria in fermented dairy products
  • Comprehend the principles for starter production
  • Comprehend how bacteriophages influence fermented dairy product quality and how to detect them
  • Display knowledge on culture dependent and culture independent techniqes for quantification of microorganisms from dairy products
     

Skills

  • Apply principles for species and strain identification of dairy organisms
  • Analyse dairy product for relevant microorganisms using classical and molecular biology based methods and evaluate the putative source of them
  • Compare literature information with own obtained data
     

Competences

  • Find, use and evaluate dairy microbiology literature in relation to dairy fermentation processes
  • Cooperate with fellow students about literature and practical laboratory work
  • Communicate and evaluate own data in relation to literature in writing and orally

Lectures, theoretical and practical exercises, group work.

See Absalon for a list of course literature. It will include textbooks, reviews and original litterature, presentations, notes and laboratory manuals.


 

 

 

Qualifications within the field of microbiology of fermented food and beverages are recommended.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Oral
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Type of assessment details
Individual oral examination without time for preparation. At minimum 2 weeks before the examination, all examination questions (covering the essential issues of the course) are handed out.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Re-exam

Same as ordinary exam
 

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 80
  • Theory exercises
  • 5
  • Practical exercises
  • 50
  • Study Groups
  • 20
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Exam Preparation
  • 12
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
NFOK14026U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Duration

1 block

Placement
Block 2
Schedulegroup
B
Capacity
30
The number of places might be reduced if you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Studyboard
Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
Contracting department
  • Department of Food Science
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Paulina Deptula   (7-6b6c777b7c7368476d76766b35727c356b72)
  • Henrik Siegumfeldt   (6-796f6b6d7b73466c75756a34717b346a71)
Teacher

Various from KU FOOD.

Saved on the 22-02-2024

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