Monday links

December 18, 2017

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Meet the man fighting to save America’s rarest chickens — Popular Science
After World War II, demand for chicken in the United States soared. A three-year breeding contest sought the "Chicken of Tomorrow," creating the modern chicken that now dominates the commercial market. The contest nearly eliminated purebred chickens that previously dominated farmyards. But in one corner of Kansas, one man is keeping their legacy alive.

Striker the Cocker Spaniel wins 2017 AKC National Championship —
A Cocker Spaniel named Striker was named Best in Show at the 2017 American Kennel Club National Championship presented by Royal Canin. Striker triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize.

Food Safety:

Report: Salmonella cases in European Union no longer declining — Food Safety Magazine
Last week, a report revealed that cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in Europe have increased in humans by 3% since 2014. Also since then, Europe has seen an increase in the bacteria in laying eggs, too.

One dead; E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreading — Food Safety News
One person is dead, two more provinces are reporting illnesses and nine more people are confirmed sick, but no one has recalled any products, named any brands, or identified any retailers who sold fresh romaine lettuce that is implicated in an E. coli outbreak in Canada.


Reductions in individual plant growth sometimes boost community resilience — University of Michigan
In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced individual growth can benefit the broader community.

Northeast farmers weigh warming climate, drenched fields — Cornell University
Farmers in the American Northeast are adapting to longer growing seasons and warming climate conditions — but they may face spring-planting whiplash as they confront fields increasingly saturated with rain.


Largest study of opioid deaths reveals who is most at risk — Columbia University Medical Center
Just over 60% of individuals who died from an opioid overdose had been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, and many had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, a study of more than 13,000 overdose deaths has found. The study is the first to determine the proportion of those who died of an opioid overdose with chronic pain.


Human-pig hybrid created in the lab — Here are the facts — National Geographic
In a remarkable — if likely controversial — feat, scientists announced last week that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrid embryos. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs.


Category: Agriculture