Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 8 No. Special Edition Nov. 2014

The Ability of Some Starter Cultures to Increase the Conjugated Linoleic Acid Level in Cow and Camel Milks

Adel M. Al-Khdier1, Abdulrahman A. Al-Saleh1, Hamza M. Abu-Tarboush1, Elsayed A. Ismail1,2* and Ali A. Metwalli1,3

1Department of Food Science & Nutrition, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia. 2Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Benha University, Benha 13518, Egypt. 3Department of Dairy Science, College of Agriculture, Minia University, Minia 61519, Egypt.

Received on 15 July 2014 and accepted on 29 September 2014



The ability of 12 bacterial strains to increase the level of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in cow and camel milk was evaluated. Sunflower oil was added to both milk types at different concentrations to obtain a final concentration of 300, 600, 900, 1200 and 1500 µg linoleic acid (LA) /ml. Bifidobacterium angulatum DSM 20098 formed the highest level of CLA in both milk types followed by Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis DSM 20088, and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus DSM 20080, respectively. Moreover, Propionibacterium freudenreichii subsp. freudenreichii DSM 20271 and Propionibacterium jensenii DSM 20278 produced the highest levels of CLA in cow milk. The CLA levels produced by these strains in cow milk were 13.06 and 10.14 mg /g fat when LA was 300 µg /ml, while it was 11.03 and 5.75 mg /g fat in camel milk when LA was 1200 µg /ml, respectively.

Keywords : Starter cultures; Conjugated linoleic acid; Camel milk.