Start Date: Sep 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
Cooperation under this Annex may include, but is not limited to, the following topic areas: 1. Dairy Production Technology: A systems research approach to producing and utilizing forage crops on dairy farms in China and the United States, maximizing the use of forage nutrients for milk production by the dairy cow, increasing milk yield and quality, exploring effective ways to reduce nutrients from manure that are potentially dangerous to water and air, and solving a growing problem of dairy waste management. 2. Dairy Science and Processing Technologies: Basic and applied research is conducted on the processing, preservation and storage of milk, dairy foods, and milk-based food ingredients to enhance their nutrition and health-promoting properties, quality, functionality, safety, and sustainability. Collaborative research may be conducted to develop processing methods to modify the levels of biologically active compounds in milk and milk products; evaluate the quality traits of specialty cheeses and relate flavor and texture to consumer preferences; develop sustainable strategies to lower the environmental impact of dairy operations but maintain the nutrition of milk; and, develop technologies to enhance health properties of modified milk protein products. Collaborative research in lactic acid bacteria genetics and biotechnology may also be conducted to identify dairy starter and probiotic cultures with improved and useful biocatalytic properties for dairy product manufacture; and to develop food grade microorganisms and their natural products to process quality, safe and nutritious dairy products.