Monday links

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

Animal Science

Chicken productivity sensitive to light and sound – World Poultry
Studies show that just as in humans, major abrupt changes to the day/night cycle of the chickens, such as waking up the chickens at night with loud noises, will lead to stressed and anxious chickens.

Study Finds Earlier Flu Peak for H1N1 in Swine Production Areas – The Pig Site
A new study looking at the risk of flu in people through swine contact has found that the flu peak for H1N1 in swine production areas was early in the year.

Food Safety

FSIS Strategic Plan Maps Out Five Year Food Safety Agenda – Food Safety Magazine
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Strategic Plan 2017-2021 describes plans to increase inspections, enforce tighter food safety regulations and expand processes for evaluating imported food products, specifically meat, poultry and eggs.

Slow cooker food safety – Times Telegram
In today’s multitasking world, there’s nothing like having dinner cooked for you while you go about your day. That’s the beauty of a slow cooker. As you take advantage of this time-saving wonder, here are tips for keeping your “crock o’ dinner” safe from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Agriculture

Seedless fruits an underestimated tool – Morning Ag Clips
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter have conducted new research into how plant breeders are striving to improve fruit yields from crops, across the globe, by bypassing the plants’ need for insect pollination to reproduce.

Warm Autumn Weather Cools U.S. Feed Demand, Worsening Grain Glut – Feed and Grain
Unseasonably mild weather around the United States is keeping pastures green and slowing feed consumption rates by livestock, exacerbating an animal feed glut that has dragged grain prices in many areas to the lowest levels in years.

Toxicology 

Teens who vape are more likely to become teens who smoke, and smoke more often – Los Angeles Times
In a study of more than 3,000 students in L.A. County public schools, those who were into vaping at the beginning of their sophomore year were more likely to become traditional cigarette smokers over the next six months compared with their classmates who didn’t vape. The vapers were also more likely to become daily smokers and to smoke more cigarettes.

Offbeat

A New Wireless Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Monkeys Walk. Humans Could Be Next. – Smithsonian
The two paralysis patients were up and walking on treadmills in no time. This impressive feat was made possible by an unprecedented new surgery, in which researchers implanted wireless devices in the patients’ brains that recorded their brain activity. The technology allowed the brain to communicate with the legs—bypassing the broken spinal cord pathways—so that the patient could once again regain control.These patients, it turns out, were monkeys.

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