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Influence of Neutron and Gamma Whole-body Irradiation of Lactating Cows on the Chloride Content of the Milk

Nature volume 212, page 190 (08 October 1966) | Download Citation



THE lactation and radionuclide metabolism of dairy cattle after lethal doses of gamma and neutron radiation have recently been investigated by Cragle et al.1. One of the effects of radiation is a general body infection, and the composition of milk might be expected to be similar to that produced by cows with mastitis, that is, to show an increase in chloride concentration. This has been shown to influence palatability of the milk. Chloride determinations were made by titration against silver nitrate of milk samples produced by the cows used in the work of Cragle et al. Some of the samples contained added or induced radioactivity, and no organoleptic analyses were made in these cases.

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  1. Dairy Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

    • B. J. DEMOTT
    •  & RACHEL COX


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