Researchers seek ways to decrease algal blooms from phosphorous runoff

Previously on the Neogen blog, we’ve written about how rising ocean temperatures are worsening the risk of shellfish poisoning due to the increasing presence of toxic algal blooms that thrive in warm waters.

Today we’re taking a look at another contributing factor to these algal blooms: phosphorus runoff.

First off: What is phosphorus runoff, and […]

Neogen at SQF Information Day

This week, Neogen’s Jim Topper presented at the SQF Information Day during this year’s Food Safety Consortium. The event, a gathering for food industry professionals from every link of the supply chain, is an opportunity to share the advantages of third-party certifications in food safety and quality.

In his presentation, Topper shared material from Neogen’s […]

Science unwraps the reindeer genome for Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, researchers have unraveled some mysteries surrounding the season’s most iconic animal: the reindeer.

Though they say their work is “unlikely to reveal why Santa’s reindeer can fly,” researchers have finished sequencing the genome of the reindeer, the world’s only domesticated deer. Flying aside, what the information can do is […]

Nanoengineering to eliminate biofilms

Ever heard of biofilms? They sound a lot more complicated than they really are: surface-coating layers of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

Here it is in simpler terms: Biofilms are layers of grime that gather on a surface, leading to corrosion and making it harder to effectively clean […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Reproductive performance in beef herds — North Dakota State University Extension Recent data from North Dakota State University illustrates that beef cattle reproduction has been quite successful of late. The university’s special Cow Herd Appraisal […]

Bond, James Bond, and Food Defense

Most people would agree that British author Ian Fleming was a great writer, but few would probably expect his work to touch on protecting the food supply.

In the tenth book of his James Bond series, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Fleming has secret agent James Bond addressing Food Defense — one of three “Food”-based […]

Thanksgiving: why you may not want to stuff your turkey this year

Did you know stuffing ingredients may differ depending on where you are? If you’re Canadian or live in the northernmost U.S. states, you may use bread crumbs or rice. Southern regions sometimes use cornbread, and eastern coastal areas often use oysters.

Regardless of the recipe you use, the great thing about stuffing is that it’s […]

Tox Tuesday: Acetaminophen and other non-opioid painkillers may be as effective as opioids

With more and more people becoming addicted to opioids each year — there are an estimated 91 opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. every day — researching non-addictive painkillers has become a top priority for scientists. If existing drugs, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, could be used to treat pain, fewer addictive opioid prescriptions may be […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Calf respiratory health in cold weather — Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Winter weather poses a natural challenge to raising young animals. Respiratory illness in calves can negatively impact weight gain, age at their […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: November 20, 2017

It’s the final Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report of the year! The map starts to get crowded as new mycotoxin reports have funneled in. Watch the video here. Don’t despair — we’ll have a capstone summary report in a few weeks!

Neogen Corporation takes great care to ensure the integrity of the data we […]