Got grain? Researchers identify gene that impacts grain yield

Mutants get a bad rap in horror movies and superhero comic books. But when it comes to real-life genomic science, mutations can be very important in the process of making new discoveries.

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have used four mutations to determine a gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops. This discovery could impact crops used to produce renewable fuels. [ More … ]

‘Rain, rain, go away’ say farmers

We typically think of rain as being good for plants, but as with anything, timing is key.

Too much springtime rain can force farmers to delay planting schedules by several weeks. This is currently the case for farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest regions of the United States, where a rainy yet warm April has been interfering with the normal agricultural agenda. [ More … ]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them? [ More … ]

Science: Whole milk likely healthier than skim milk

What seems like a no-brainer to most of us is now being refuted by those a bit brainier.

Most of us who drink milk have routinely skipped whole milk for the far less delicious reduced fat options in the belief that the extra fat and calories in whole milk must be less healthy for us. I mean, how could it not be? Aren’t fat and calories responsible for obesity and its consequences, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease? [ More … ]

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Don’t be an Easter party pooper

Nobody likes to be sick on a holiday.

Whether you celebrate Easter or just like making your food colorful, it’s important to make sure any Easter eggs you decorate this season are done so in a way that won’t cause you to get sick. [ More … ]

Chicks in the city: how some cities are regulating urban farming

What comes to mind when you imagine the sounds of a typical urban or suburban neighborhood? Perhaps lawnmowers loudly grazing, kids bouncing a basketball on the sidewalk and cars rolling down the street. What about the gentle clucking of chickens?

Urban farming is increasingly popular around the world, and chickens are one of the more common animals to raise due to their conveniently small size. Some households start raising a flock in order to feel closer to their food source, to earn a little extra money or even just as a hobby. [ More … ]

Neogen launches quick, easy test for pork

LANSING, Mich., April 11, 2017 — Neogen has developed the quickest and easiest test available to detect raw pork in meat and environmental samples.

Neogen’s new Reveal® for Pork test provides accurate results in just 5 minutes after extraction. The new test can detect as little as 0.5% raw pork in meat samples, and has also been validated for use with environmental swabs and rinse water samples. [ More … ]

Researchers: Warmer oceans threaten clam digging

Spring has sprung, and with it come the seasonal activities we know and love: gardening, outdoor walks, picnics at the park and, for plenty of Pacific Northwest residents, clam digging. However, researchers have identified a big factor that may heighten the risks of this popular activity.

After analyzing two decades of climate data from the Oregon coastal area, researchers have found that in years with higher ocean temperatures, the presence of domoic acid is higher in Pacific razor clams. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin produced by algae. When consumed by humans, it can result in amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), a potentially deadly illness that causes diarrhea, seizures, numbness and short-term memory loss. [ More … ]

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