Monday links

March 28, 2016

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

Food Safety

Oyster research could lead to food safety strategies – Food Safety News
Microbes battling microbes. This type of warfare is happening all around us — and even inside of us — every day. And as in every battle, there are good microbes and bad microbes, depending on what you want the outcome to be. In this case, the bad guys are pathogens that are infecting large numbers of oyster larvae before they have a chance to grow into the oysters that so many people love to eat.

E. coli Survives Predatory Bacteria by Playing Hide and Seek – Technology Networks
Studying the struggle between bacterial predator and prey could generate alternatives to antibiotics, Hebrew University researchers say.


As climate shifts, so do species of grass – Oregon State University
In a report in Science Advances, an analysis was done of mammoth and bison hair, teeth and bones, along with other data. It concludes that a changing climate — particularly increasing rainfall and not just atmospheric carbon dioxide — explains the expansion of grassland plants during the latter part of the Neogene, a geologic era that includes the present.

Optimism for new opportunities in Cuba – USDA
Leaders from across the U.S. agriculture and food sectors are expressing support and optimism in new opportunities for collaboration with their Cuban counterparts, announced during President Obama’s historic visit to the island. The two neighboring countries share common climate and agriculture related concerns, and the measures announced today in Havana will mutually benefit the Cuban people and U.S. farmers and ranchers.

Animal Science

French agriculture ministry confirms case of mad cow disease – CNBC
France's agriculture ministry confirmed last week that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, had been discovered in the northeastern region of Ardennes. The suspected case had been identified last week and reported on Tuesday but initial tests still needed to be confirmed.

Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows? – NPR
Gigi is a Holstein — that breed of iconic black and white dairy cows. And her record-breaking year tells the dairy industry that, for right now, 75,000 pounds of milk in a year is the threshold for what Holsteins' bodies are capable of. But that threshold has been changing for years. Since dairy cows were first brought to the United States, their owners have been trying to coax more and more milk out of them.


Excessive Ketamine Abuse Causes Bladder Cells To Commit Suicide – IFL Science
Though ketamine’s potential to cause bladder damage has been known about for some time, the biological mechanisms by which it does so have remained poorly understood. According to the results of two new studies, the drug may cause the cells lining the bladder to initiate their own death, enabling urine to penetrate underlying tissues.


Why Are Chocolate Easter Bunnies Hollow? – Smithsonian Magazine
Isn't it cruel to disappoint kids, who bite into what looks like solid chocolate and are confronted with emptiness?


Category: Food Safety, Agriculture