Monday links

April 17, 2017

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science:

Feeding residue milk: A no-go – All About Feed
A recent investigation from the European Food Safety Authority showed that dairy calves that are fed milk from cows treated with antimicrobials have a higher probability of excreting resistant bacteria through their feces than those who aren’t. This in turn is a threat for human health, as more resistant bacteria means that less antibiotics can be used to treat infections.

On-the-range detection technology could corral bovine TB – Science Daily
A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with this easily-spread disease.

Food Safety:

Food Fight: To beat China fakes, NZ and Australian produce firms raid tech larder – Reuters
As China's middle class develops its taste for imported food and drink, fresh produce suppliers in New Zealand and Australia are topping up nature's bounty with anti-counterfeiting technology in a bid to protect their growing business from fakes.

Taiwan bans eating dog and cat meat – CNN
Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat, as the island's legislature on Tuesday passed a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws, according to the island's official Central News Agency.


Deciphering plant immunity against parasites – Science Daily
Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana. However, plants can fight back. Researchers have identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders.

Buying or renting: Acquiring farmland is not for the faint of heart – Agri Pulse
Land values may have declined recently, but people hoping to start farming or expand their operations know that gaining access to new ground is still a challenge.


Opioids after surgery: Which patients don’t stop when they should – Fox News Health
The first time many patients in the United States take prescription opioid painkillers is following surgery. But not everyone puts away the pills: In a new study, researchers found that 6% of patients continued to use the drugs for at least three months after surgery.


Rock giant Pink Floyd honored in naming of newly-discovered, bright pink pistol shrimp – Science Daily
A fuchsia pink clawed species of pistol shrimp, discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama, has been given the ultimate rock and roll name in recognition of the discoverers' favorite rock band, Pink Floyd.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology