Scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University say they have discovered that the chemicals that give cut grass its distinctive ‘green odour’ kill off bacteria that convert healthy omega-3 fats into saturated fats in a cow’s gut.
The discovery has been reported in the Society for Applied Microbiology’s Journal of Applied Microbiology.
Dr Sharon Huws, Coleg Cymraeg lecturer in Animal Science at IBERS led the research:
“We’ve known for a while that milk contains a greater proportion of the healthy omega-3 fats in the summer, than in the winter, and now we know it’s probably down to the antimicrobial effects of the green odour products from grass."
Wales has welcomed its first signing in a £50 million plan to get the biggest brains in engineering and science working here. Professor Yves Barde will start work at Cardiff University - he's one of the best neurobiologist in the world and wants to put welsh science on the world stage.
Yves Barde, from the Biozentrum at the University of Basel, will join Cardiff School of Biosciences through the Sêr Cymru science initiative which aims to enhance research excellence by attracting world-class researchers and their teams to Wales.