Farmers: Relying on nature for pest control ain’t gonna cut it after all, science says

When it comes to pest control on the farm there will always be pros and cons in the surrounding environment — ones that either lessen the burden caused by nearby rodents and bugs, or ones that simply make things more difficult. Certain types of birds might eat pesky insects, for example.

However, common misconceptions about […]

FDA identifies potential source for major E. coli outbreak

Earlier this year, an outbreak of E. coli attributed to romaine lettuce rocked parts of North America. Over 210 people got sick, five of them losing their lives. And even though investigators were able to find the source, it proved tricky to figure out how the lettuce became contaminated in the first place.

Now, after […]

New USDA survey reveals variations in produce growers’ food safety practices

The Economic Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently issued an 84-page report on the level and type of food safety measures currently in place by the nation’s produce growers. The report outlines the baseline of food safety practices in the industry today as producers begin to implement practices that keep […]

Tox Tuesday: Fingernail drug testing

If you pick a few strangers out of a crowd, most of them will have probably heard of drug tests using urine, blood or hair samples. Thanks to ongoing discussions about new forms of roadside testing, more people have heard of oral fluid testing as well. But as far as fingernail testing goes, it’s likely […]

A cry for help: Crops under attack emit cues for hungry birds

We humans are simple creatures — we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out for help. Science has known for a while that plants do something similar by letting out “sensory volatile cues,” like scents, when they’re under attack by hungry insects. The result is that birds will often pick up the cue, swoop […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: August 27, 2018

On this week’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report, we cover new mycotoxin reports in corn and barley, another slip in corn quality ratings, and Tony describes the matrix effect — nothing to do with the movie — in his latest Tech Tip. Watch it on our YouTube channel now.

Neogen Corporation takes great care to […]

CDC debuts new comic book: ‘The Junior Disease Detectives’

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Now more than ever, comic book hero teams have captured the world’s attention: Marvel’s Avengers, DC’s Justice League, and, of course, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Junior Disease Detectives.

Partnering with the Department of Agriculture and 4-H, the Centers (CDC) have put out a full-length graphic novel […]

Genomic testing reveals most common shelter dog breeds

You walk into the room and hear a chorus of barks, yips and yowls. At once, a dozen dogs rush to their kennel doors, happily — or aggressively — greeting you. Offhand, you can identify a few different breeds here at the animal shelter — a black lab here, a pit bull there. But what […]

When mycotoxins contaminate feed: What is oxidative stress?

When mycotoxins contaminate animal feed, the effects on livestock can be serious. Some mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, are carcinogenic. Others can impact the immune system or the blood, damage organs, cause miscarriages and provoke severe vomiting, among many other effects.

Some of these effects are linked to oxidative stress, which happens when unstable atoms damage living […]

Genome of wheat, the world’s most common crop, sequenced after 13 years

Ever since scientists first sequenced a living thing’s genome in 1995 — that of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae — the genomes of hundreds of plants and animal species have been unraveled.

You’d think, then, that wheat would have been early up on that list. After all, it’s the most commonly grown crop in the world. […]