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Prestigious award to SLU doctoral student

Published: 01 July 2022
Hasitha Priyashantha has been awarded by The American Dairy Science Association. Picture shows Hasitha in the lab, photo.

Hasitha Priyashantha defended his thesis at the Department of Molecular Sciences at SLU in September 2021. Now one of his articles has been awarded by The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) as this year's best review article on the subject of Dairy foods written by a doctoral student.

ADSA is an international organization that brings educational actors, researchers and business representatives together in order to promote dairy industry. The award was recently announced in connection with ADSA's Annual meeting in Kansas in June.

The awarded article by Hasitha Priyashantha describes how different farm factors will affect not only the composition and technological properties of the raw milk, but also the quality of the resulting cheese.

The breed and genetics of cows, feed and feeding strategy, housing and milking systems are examples of factors that affect the composition of milk.

Furthermore, the microflora of the raw milk is also affected by various farm factors, which may be important for the taste of certain types of ripened cheeses. The article is published in the Journal of Dairy Science, one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

“It is a great honour to receive the award for the most outstanding review article written and published by a doctoral student during the past year. I would like to thank my main supervisor, Professor Åse Lundh, who encouraged and supported me and nominated me for the award”, says Hasitha Priyashantha.

The price and the article

Read about the presentation of Hasitha Priyashantha on ADSA's website here

Read the article here Current understanding of the influence of on-farm factors on bovine raw milk and its suitability for cheesemaking


Hasitha Priyashantha, PhD
Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU