Monday Links

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

Food Safety

Study: Fatty Acids Can Kill Listeria — Food Safety Magazine
Research conducted at the University of Southern Denmark shows that fatty acids might neutralize the harmful effects of Listeria. The study intended to find ways to reduce the presence of dangerous bacteria in food.

Food Safety Shopping Tips — Consumer Reports
Many of us just want to get into and out of the supermarket quickly. But in our rush, some of us handle the food we buy in a way that poses safety risks, like spoilage and cross-contamination. To stay truly safe, you may need to risk looking slightly germophobic in public, but it’s well worth it.

Animal Science

Effective prevention of leaky gut syndrome — All About Feed
Digestion and absorption of nutrients are the major roles for the intestines, as well as the prevention against the entry of antigens and microorganisms into the blood. However, the impairment of the intestinal barrier function and its increased permeability (“leaky gut”) can lead to poor performance and disease.

Fall calving season may yield higher returns for Southeastern beef producers — University of Tennessee
For Southeastern beef cattle producers the fall calving season, calving between mid-September and mid-November, was most profitable and had the smallest amount of variation in profits, meaning fall calving was less risky as compared to spring calving, researchers found.

Agriculture

Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth — University of Florida
By using a combination of fumigants, University of Florida scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth.

Rough income year for grain farmers — Morning Ag Clips
It looks like 2017 will be another rough year for grain farmers in the United States. Even in Illinois, where the trend line yield for corn is 200 bushels to the acre and 61 for soybeans, the average income on a 1500 acre grain farm for this year is just $25,000.

Toxicology

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever — The New York Times
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

Offbeat

There’s a whole new species of cloud — Popular Science
Clouds are a lot like ice cream — they come in 31 flavors. Yes, there are 31 species of clouds — and yes, they’re called species, just like plants and animals — in the new International Cloud Atlas. The newest atlas includes a newly classified species that looks like “cloud hot dogs roasting on a spit. Only prettier.”

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