Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 479–498 | Cite as

The biotechnological potential of whey

  • Michael P. RyanEmail author
  • Gary Walsh
Review paper


Whey is a highly polluting by-product of cheese and casein powder manufacture with worldwide production of whey estimated at around 190 × 106 ton/year and growing. Historically whey was considered a burdensome, environmentally damaging by-product. In the last decades however, much research has gone into finding viable alternatives for whey rather than just disposing of it. Multiple biotechnological avenues have been explored and in some cases exploited to turn this waste product into a valuable commodity. Avenues explored include traditional uses of whey as both an animal and human food to the more advanced uses such as the use of whey protein as health promoters and the potential of whey to be used as a feed stock to manufacture a whole range of useful substances e.g. ethanol.


Whey Biotechnology Ethanol Bioconversion 



This work was funded by the EPA under the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007–2013. 2012-WRM-MS-9.


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  1. 1.Industrial Biochemistry Program, Chemical and Environmental Science Department, Materials and Surface Sciences InstituteUniversity of LimerickLimerick CityIreland

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