Monday Links

April 10, 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.

How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily
Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two independent mutations are required to explain the development of the sex-linked barring pattern in chickens.

Do No Harm When Treating Lameness – Bovine Veterinarian
Many hoof trimmers and veterinarians routinely apply tetracycline, oxytetracycline or copper sulfate and then tightly wrap hoof lesions in the belief the treatment will speed healing. But some experts suggest the best treatment is to clean and trim the affected area of the hoof claw, and then place a hoof block on the opposing claw.

Food Safety:

FDA permits three exceptions from sanitary transportation rule – Food Safety News
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published three waivers to the new final Sanitary Transportation rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The waivers are for businesses whose transportation operations are subject to separate State-Federal controls.

Purdue Study: Listeria Can Thrive Inside Lettuce Tissue – Food Safety Magazine
According to a new study conducted by Purdue University, Listeria monocytogenes can still thrive inside the tissue of romaine lettuce. This means that conventional sanitizing methods — which only treat produce externally — may not be enough to completely kill the deadly pathogen.


Drought tolerant crops needed to help Africa – All About Feed
As the food crisis continues in East Africa, the need for drought resistant plants becomes bigger than ever. Research institutes across the world are making progress in producing plants that can solve the problem.

Ways to encourage ‘refuge’ planting, slow resistance to Bt crops – Science Daily
A new study from North Carolina State University finds a significant shortfall in the amount of "refuge" cropland being planted in North Carolina — likely increasing the rate at which crop pests will evolve the ability to safely devour genetically engineered Bt crops. However, the study also identified actions that may make farmers more likely to plant refuge crops in the future.


The Exit Drug: Opioid Abuse Drops in States with Legal Cannabis – Housely
A study authored by Yuyan Shi Ph.D., assistant professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California in San Diego, found that hospitalizations due to opioid dependence and opioid overdoses have decreased in states that have legalized cannabis.


To eat or not to eat (before exercising): That is the question – Science Daily
Should you head to the gym before dinner, or after dinner? Researchers from the University of Bath in England have studied the different roles fat plays in powering and responding to exercise.

Feeding 11 at a time – Worley Lane Farms
This viral video of 11 adorable baby goats at feeding time shows off screw-on teats, which Neogen offers.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology