Scientists create different colours of 'blue' cheese pink, yellow and green

>yellow-green, red-brown-pink, dark brown, light blue, and finally dark blue-green

Scientists have come up with a way to create different colours of blue cheese
Despite looking wacky, these technicolour versions taste just like the real deal

Whether it's a crumbly Stilton or a creamy Gorgonzola, any foodie knows that a cheese board just isn't complete without a blue cheese.

But these classic varieties could look very different in the future.

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have come up with a way to create different colours of blue cheese.

Despite looking pretty wacky, these technicolour versions taste just like the real deal, according to Dr Paul Dyer, who led the project.

'I think it will give people a really satisfying sensorial feeling eating these new cheeses and hopefully might attract some new people into the market,' said Dr Dyer.

While blue cheeses from different countries around the world might look and taste very different, they are all made using the same fungus - Penicillium roqueforti.

As the fungus grows, pigmented spores grow through the cheeses, giving them both their blue colour and flavour.

However, until now, the way in which this blue pigment is produced has remained unclear.

In their new study, the team found that a biochemical pathway gradually forms the blue pigments, starting at a white colour, which progressively becomes yellow-green, red-brown-pink, dark brown, light blue, and finally dark blue-green.

Using food-safe techniques, the team were able to 'block' this pathway at certain points, creating strains with new colours.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-13050915/Breaking-mould-Scientists-create-different-colours-blue-cheese-say-pink-yellow-green-versions-taste-just-like-real-deal.html

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    'We've been interested in cheese fungi for over 10 years and traditionally when you develop mould-ripened cheeses, you get blue cheeses such as Stilton, Roquefort and Gorgonzola which use fixed strains of fungi that are blue-green in colour,' Dr Dyer said.

    'We wanted to see if we could develop new strains with new flavours and appearances.

    'The way we went about that was to induce sexual reproduction in the fungus, so for the first time we were able to generate a wide range of strains which had novel flavours including attractive new mild and intense tastes.

    'We then made new colour versions of some of these novel strains.'

    While the new colour versions looked impressive, one key question remained - how did they taste?

    Once the team produced the cheese with the new colour strains, they then used lab diagnostic instruments to see what the flavour might be like.

    'We found that the taste was very similar to the original blue strains from which they were derived,' Dr Dyer reassured.

    'There were subtle differences but not very much.'

    Volunteers from across the university tasted the cheeses, revealing some interesting impacts of the different colours.

    'We found that when people were trying the lighter coloured strains they thought they tasted more mild,' Dr Dyer said.

    'Whereas they thought the darker strain had a more intense flavour.

    'Similarly, with the more reddish brown and a light green one, people thought they had a fruity tangy element to them – whereas according to the lab instruments they were very similar in flavour.

    'This shows that people do perceive taste not only from what they taste but also by what they see.'

    The team will now look at working with cheesemakers in Scotland and Nottinghamshire to create the new colour varieties of blue cheese.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >used lab diagnostic instruments to see what the flavour might be like.
      >they taste like cheese

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Let me know when these "scientists" figure out how magnets work.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!
    STOP THE PRESS!!!!!
    SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!
    SCIENTISTS!!!!!!!!!!
    THEY DISCOVERED FOOD COLORING!!!!!
    THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!!!!

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who asked them to do that? Why didn't they cure cancer instead?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Cancer is hundreds of diseases with just as many origins.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >CURE cancer
      why? you make so much more money treating it

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        https://www.nature.com/articles/s41538-023-00244-9

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Or invent reliable penis enlargement already

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >all scientists are hung chads
        They don't need your incel pills anon.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >food scientists are the same as cancer scientists
      you fricking moron. You might as well ask a sushi chef why isnt he baking a cake

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >You might as well ask a sushi chef why isnt he baking a cake
        Is there a reason why sushi chefs can't or shouldn't be able to bake cakes?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          cross contamination?

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why don't we just stop doing stuff for a while. Who cares. Science is lame.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      But fusion reactors are finallywithin our grasp

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        five more years

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        if scientists had stopped working on useless shit like different colors of cheese fungi and worked all together for the actual benefit of the biosphere, they would already exist

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Scientists don't owe you anything anon if you want to benefit the world do it yourself. I will just be here eating colored blue cheese.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Actually yeah, they do, they owe us everything. A scientist that's not dedicated to the betterment of humanity and its lot is useless, ego-driven and perhaps even dangerous.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              According to who?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              A human that's not dedicated to the betterment of humanity is useless. You owe everyone everything, why aren't you living up to your own moronic standards?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Moldy cheese.. the final hurdle before free fusion

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How is this new?
    Seriously
    It's not new

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Then show the paper that determined the pathway that was published beforehand

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So it's not new just these guys wrote a paper about it and no one else did
        Also unlikely, I'm sure there are French papers about this

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What are you even talking about? You said this wasn't new, which means SOMEONE published it beforehand and I'm asking for that publication. I don't think you even understand what they're claiming as new because right now you're acting moronic as frick

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No it's not new because I've had all kinds of colors in my blue cheese my whole fricking life

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Learn to read.
              >However, until now, the way in which this blue pigment is produced has remained unclear.

              >Using food-safe techniques, the team were able to 'block' this pathway at certain points, creating strains with new colours.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                So it is still identical to blue cheese in every meaningful way, but it has a different color
                So... are we supposed to call it "bleu" cheese now because it isn't blue?

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I demand aqua-cyan cheese! for Terry!

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What are you referencing?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Temple OS

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Scientists discover a way to turn your disgusting rotting cheese into a pride flag
    Truly the greatest invention of this century.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Even blue cheese isn't safe from The Great Replacement. We must preserve the blue cheese and a future for blue mold

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >we dyed the blue parts of blue cheese
    WOW ITS FRICKING NOTHING

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >we stopped the blue parts of the blue cheese from becoming blue
      WOW ITS FRICKING SOMETHING, JUST NOT ANYTHING ANYONE REALLY CARES ABOUT RIGHT NOW

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