Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

The sniff test of self-recognition confirmed: Dogs have self-awareness — National Research Tomsk State University
While domestic dogs have been found to be pretty good at social cognitive tasks, they’ve not yet managed to pass the test of mirror self-recognition. However, recent research finds that dogs can pass the “sniff test of self-recognition,” showing that dogs may be aware of their own identities to some degree.

Agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Harvey — Associated Press
Texas agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, resulting in losses to ranchers of tens of millions of dollars.

Food Safety:

The most common food hygiene mistakes we make at home — Huffington Post
The Royal Society for Public Health has released a list of the most common errors people make at home in regards to food safety. The list precedes an e-learning course the society will offer for the hospitality workforce.

How Current World Threats May Impact Food Safety — Food Safety Magazine
Food and agriculture are critical infrastructures, and any looming threat to a nation will entail a threat at some point to the food supply. So what should food defense professionals do?

Agriculture:

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered — Penn State
Researchers have found a way, they say, to help farmers prevent water waste and parched plants by using sensors to measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves. Detecting these two things help identify the best time to activate irrigation systems.

2017: Mycotoxins in feed remain problem — All About Feed
DON and fumonisins continue to top the list of most the prevalent mycotoxins found across the globe, according to more than 33,000 analyses recently conducted on finished feed and raw commodity samples from 63 countries.

Toxicology:

Be overdose aware — Drink and Drugs News
August 31 marked International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event designed to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable, as well as to help reduce stigma and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends of those who have died.

Offbeat:

Vampires: Were They Real People With a Disorder? — Boston Children’s Hospital
A newly discovered genetic mutation triggers erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), a blood disorder that causes a person’s skin to become very sensitive to light, making them look pale and tired. Not only does this discovery help us understand the condition that may be responsible for old vampire stories, but it identifies a potential therapeutic target for treating EPP.

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