Expert in ruminant nutrition physiology
Protein and lipid metabolism in dairy cows

Professor Aila Vanhatalo leads research and teaching in the field of ruminant nutrition at the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki.  She has specialised in ruminant nutrition physiology. Emphasis in her research activities has been in protein and lipid metabolism studies in dairy cows consuming grass or red clover silage based diets.
Infusion studies include metabolic and production responses of cows to abomasal infusions of amino acids and other nutrients in order to identify limiting amino acids or other nutrients on high forage diets. Her present research activities focus on nutrient supply (especially amino acids and fatty acids) and metabolism in dairy cows, but also on the impact of dairy cow nutrition on milk components (e.g. fatty acids and phyto-oestrogens) with potential health-promoting effects in humans. 


  • Shingfield, K., Ahvenjärvi, S., Toivonen, V., Vanhatalo, A., Huhtanen, P. 2007. Transfer of absorbed cis-9, trans-11 conjugated linoleic acid into milk is biologically more efficient than endogenous synthesis from absorbed vaccenic acid in lactating cows  The Journal of Nutrition 137, 5: 1154-1160.
  • Vanhatalo, A., Kuoppala, K., Toivonen, V., Shingfield , K. J. 2007. Effects of forage species and stage of maturity on bovine milk fatty acid composition. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology 109, 8: 856-867.
  • Vanhatalo, A., Gäddnäs, T., Heikkilä, T. 2006. Microbial protein synthesis, digestion and lactation reponses of cows to grass or grass-red clover silage supplemented with barley or oats. Agricultural and Food Science 15:252-267.

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Luciano Pinotti, University of MilanAshild Krogdahl, NVHIan Givens, Reading UniversityChris Knight, University of CopenhagenVincent Baeten, CRA-WDolores Pérez Marín, University of CordobaStephen Woodgate, Beacon ResearchJoop Luten, NofimaHans Dieter Hess, AgroscopeBart Van Droogenbroeck, ILVOJerzy Juskiewicz, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research Anna Haug, UMBMindaugas Malakauskas, LVAIonelia Taranu, INCDBNARodica Criste, INCDBNAAneliya Haritova, Trakia UniversityKris Sejrsen, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and NutritionRafael Codony, University of BarcelonaFrancesc Guardiola, University of BarcelonaKatri Ling, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicinePreben Bach Holm, University AarhusDavid Arney, Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary MedicineAna Garrido Varo, University of CordobaJaroslava Ovesna, Institute of Crop ResearchKevin Shingfield, MTT Agrifood ResearchNastasia Belc, Institute of Food BioresourcesRupert Bruckmaier, University of BernJohn Wallace, Rowett Research InstituteCornelia Metges and Harald Hammon, FBNJaap Keijer, WURAila Vanhatalo, University of HelsinkiJovanka Levic, Institute of Food TechnologyDavid Kenny, Institute for Food and HealthIsabelle Oswald, INRAMilan Marounek, Institute of Animal ScienceVeerle Fievez, Ghent UniversityMarcela Speranda, Faculty of Agriculture CroatiaKostas Mountzouris, Agricultural University of AthensIoannis Politis, Agricultural University of AthensMargrit Velik, Institute of Live Stock ResearchBegona de la Roza-Delgado, SERIDAJohn O`Doherty, Institute for Food and Health
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