Monday links

Image courtesy the University of Southern Denmark

Don’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:

Getting fly control right on poultry farms — Poultry World
Most people welcome the onset of summer, but for poultry producers it brings the threat of a fly population explosion. No matter how careful you are, flies will migrate and find their way into the sheds, and once they start breeding they can very quickly become a problem.

What Cowboys Can Teach Us About Feeding the World — gatesnotes
Tech leader and philanthropist Bill Gates reflects on what he was taught on a recent trip about how cattle genomics can be used to raise cows that produce more efficiently, thereby helping to feed currently impoverished communities.

Food Safety:

Taking a Closer Look at Resistance — Food Quality & Safety
Resistance is the ability of a microorganism to exhibit reduced sensitivity to an antimicrobial treatment that would be effective against other organisms. Food safety experts understand the importance of knowing how different types of resistance may impact the effectiveness of sanitizers and disinfectants.

Fear of the Unknown Cause of Contamination — Food Safety Magazine
It is the worst nightmare for many in the food industry—a massive recall due to contamination or spoilage. While companies can mitigate supply chain risk by insuring against damage or contamination, what happens when the actual cause of damage is unknown?

Agriculture:

Native pollinators create buzz — Morning Ag Clips
As part of a grant to determine if wildflowers boost fruit yield and pollinator abundance, a plot of flowers was set up next to Joe Dickey’s apple orchard. Dickey found that in 2016, apple production surged 30% from the previous two years.

Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes — Science Daily
Plants are among many eukaryotes that can “turn off” one or more of their genes by using a process called RNA interference to block protein translation. Researchers are now weaponizing this by engineering crops to produce specific RNA fragments that, upon ingestion by insects, initiate RNA interference to shut down a target gene essential for life or reproduction, killing or sterilizing the insects.

Toxicology:

FDA chief to impose tougher doctor-training rules on opioid manufacturers — The Washington Post
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it plans to increase the required training for clinicians who prescribe opioid painkillers. Prescription opioid manufacturers will now be required to provide the training even for immediate-release opioids, whereas previously training was only required for extended-release medications.

Offbeat:

Anyone for crispy jellyfish? — University of Southern Denmark
There are far too many jellyfish in the sea, and we have an ever-increasing number of mouths to feed on the Earth. So why not eat the jellyfish? A gastrophysicist has developed a new method for drying jellyfish to a stage at which it loses its gristly consistency and becomes paper-thin and crunchy — a bit like a potato chip.

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