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Roos Zaalberg: From infrared light to the cow’s genome - Unraveling genetic architecture of Fourier transform infrared milk spectra

PhD defense, Friday 12 April 2019 Roos Zaalberg

2019.04.12 | Lisbeth Heilesen

Roos Zaalberg

During her studies, Roos Zaalberg has studied the genetics behind Fourier transform infrared milk spectra in two Danish dairy cattle populations. Infrared spectral analysis of milk is a widely used method for determining milk composition, and finds its charm in the ease of the procedure, low costs, and accurate results. Genetic studies have revealed some of the genetic basis of infrared milk spectra, yet, questions regarding e.g. breed differences remain unanswered.

The findings presented in this PhD defense are a contribution to our basic knowledge on genetics of infrared milk spectra in two Danish dairy cattle breeds.

The PhD degree was completed at the Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG), Århus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 12 April 2019 at 12.00
Place: Auditorium, AU-Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele
Title of dissertation: Genetic analysis of Fourier transform infrared milk spectra in Danish dairy cattle
Contact information: Roos Zaalberg, e-mail: roos.zaalberg@mbg.au.dk, tel.: +45 93888224
Members of the assessment committee:
Associate Professor Tormod Ådnøy, Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Professor Hélène Soyeurt, Agronomie, Bio-Ingénierie et Chimie, TERRA Research Centre, University of Liège
Associate Professor Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor:
Associate professor Bart Buitenhuis, Center for Quantitative Genetis and Genomics, Århus University
Co-supervisor:
Associate professor Luc Janss, Center for Quantitative Genetis and Genomics, Århus University
Doctor Nisha Shetty
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English


The defense is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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