Monday links

February 19, 2018

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

Animal Science:

Badgers key to limiting spread of bovine tuberculosis — Trinity College Dublin
Because badgers can easily harbor and spread bovine tuberculosis, researchers say it is imperative to understand how badgers move around in the wild. A new discovery of unique badger behavior has major implications for implementing vaccine programs to limit the spread of disease.

Photos highlight quiet moments on the ranch — Beef Magazine
There are so many quiet moments on the ranch that make living in the country worthwhile. Readers of Beef Magazine submitted some of their favorite peaceful moments, which have been narrowed down to 20 top picks.

Food Safety:

Efforts are needed to tap into the potential of nutraceuticals — Wiley
A growing demand exists for nutraceuticals, which reside in the grey area between pharmaceuticals and food. A new review looks at their potential, stressing the need for clear regulations to ensure their safety.

Restaurants, groceries work to identify food sources — Associated Press
In response to consumers’ growing interest in knowing where there food comes from, more and more restaurants and grocers are highlighting supply chain traceability to show that their ingredients are sustainable, safe and responsibly sourced.


Problems with herbicide-resistant weeds become crystal clear — University of Queensland
Herbicide-resistant weeds present a threat to food security, but researchers are one step closer to a solution. New research using crystallographic studies shows how the active ingredient of one large herbicide works, information that can be used to develop more effective herbicides in the future.

A Mexican village where Aztec-era agriculture remains — CityLab
Centuries ago, 1.5 million people in the Valley of Mexico were fed by a vast system of watery agricultural fields called chinampas, centered around an ancient island capital called Tenochtitlan. Today, some of these fields still exist, preserving a unique form of agriculture in the modern era.


Record number of drug-related mental health admissions — Drink and Drug News
In the past decade, the number of hospital admissions with drug-related mental and behavioral health disorders doubled in the United Kingdom, with 82,135 between 2016 and 2017. The data comes from a recent report by the National Health Service.


Woman adopts elderly dog, realizes it’s the ‘best friend’ she lost as a child — BBC
When Nicole Grimes spotted a Pomeranian-poodle cross for adoption, she thought it looked strangely familiar. “When I found out they were both called Chloe, it was really strange,” she said.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture