Title

Perspectives on the contribution of lactic acid bacteria to cheese flavor development

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Volume

24

Issue

2

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

2012

First Page

135

Last Page

141

DOI

10.1016/j.copbio.2012.12.001

Abstract

It has been known since the 1960s that lactic acid bacteria are essential for the development of cheese flavor. In the ensuing 50 years significant research has been directed at understanding the microbiology, genetics and biochemistry of this process. This review briefly covers the current status of cheese flavor development and then provides our vision for approaches which will enhance our understanding of this process. The long-term goal of this area of research is to enable technology (i.e. cultures and enzymes) that results in consistent rapid development of cheese variety-specific characteristic flavors.

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