The role of the canonical biplot method in the study of volatile compounds in cheeses of variable composition


  • M. I. González-Martín Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas
  • S. Vicente-Tavera Departamento de Estadística, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad de Salamanca
  • I. Revilla Área de Tecnología de los Alimentos, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Zamora
  • A. M. Vivar-Quintana Área de Tecnología de los Alimentos, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Zamora
  • C. González-Pérez Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas
  • J. M. Hernández Hierro Food Colour & Quality Lab., Dept. of Nutrition & Food Science, Universidad de Sevilla
  • I. Lobos-Ortega Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas



Canonical biplot, Cheeses, Seasonality, Type of milk (cow, sheep, goat), Volatiles


The canonical biplot method (CB) is used to determine the discriminatory power of volatile chemical compounds in cheese. These volatile compounds were used as variables in order to differentiate among 6 groups or populations of cheeses (combinations of two seasons (winter and summer) with 3 types of cheese (cow, sheep and goat’s milk). We analyzed a total of 17 volatile compounds by means of gas chromatography coupled with mass detection. The compounds included aldehydes and methyl-aldehydes, alcohols (primary, secondary and branched chain), ketones, methyl-ketones and esters in winter (WC) and summer (SC) cow’s cheeses, winter (WSh) and summer (SSh) sheep’s cheeses and in winter (WG) and summer (SG) goat’s cheeses. The CB method allows differences to be found as a function of the elaboration of the cheeses, the seasonality of the milk, and the separation of the six groups of cheeses, characterizing the specific volatile chemical compounds responsible for such differences.


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González-Martín MI, Vicente-Tavera S, Revilla I, Vivar-Quintana AM, González-Pérez C, Hernández Hierro JM, Lobos-Ortega I. The role of the canonical biplot method in the study of volatile compounds in cheeses of variable composition. grasasaceites [Internet]. 2016Mar.31 [cited 2022Dec.8];67(1):e112. Available from:




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