Monday links

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

Agriculture

Genomic analysis highlights history of domesticated corn – UPI
Scientists recently sequenced the genome of one of the oldest corn cobs in the world. Analysis of the newly sequenced 5,310-year-old corn cob, first found in in Mexico in the 1960s, suggests ancient maize was more like modern corn than its wild ancestors.

Farm Becomes First to Use Solar Power and Seawater to Grow Crops – Nature World News
A farm in South Australia is the first to utilize a combination of solar power and seawater to produce food in the middle of the desert, completely independent of non-renewable resources.

Animal Science

New outbreaks of avian influenza in Europe – EFSA
New outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported among wild birds and poultry across Europe since the end of October 2016. The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus has been identified in Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

The Science Behind Licking and Chewing in Horses – The Horse
Licking and chewing behavior is probably one of the most misunderstood horse behaviors. What does licking and chewing really mean? Submission? Processing? Relaxing?

Food Safety

Food Safety Tips For This Holiday Season – LEX 18
Most people include meat and poultry with their holiday dinners, potential sources for foodborne disease. The Department of Public Health has recommended the following guidelines for safe food preparation, serving and storing.

How the ‘Internet of Things’ Could Transform the Food Supply Chain – Ag Web
Consumers overwhelmingly trust their grocery store to ensure the food they buy is safe, but for most food we eat, the store shelf is the end-point of a seldom-considered journey that may span thousands of miles and change hands multiple times. With the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act beginning to take effect in 2016, food transport is coming into the spotlight for the first time.

Toxicology

Europe ‘struggling’ to keep up with designer drug explosion – Luxemburger Wort
Europe is fighting a battle against dangerous designer drugs being created so fast and frequently that authorities are struggling to control them. Nearly 300 such drugs hit European markets between 2013 and 2015 alone, according to a new report.

Offbeat

Easy Way To Prepare A Turkey For Thanksgiving – Bored Panda
If you still haven’t seen Joseph Herscher‘s work, you’re missing out on some of the most entertaining “machines” on the internet! This time he and his dog are introducing their own secret Thanksgiving recipe for a fool-proof roast turkey.

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