Monday links

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

Animal Science:

‘Antelope perfume’ keeps flies away from cows — University of Bonn
In Africa, tsetse flies transfer sleeping sickness to cattle, costing an estimated 4.6 billion in USD each year. Now, experts have developed an innovative way of preventing the disease: by imitating the smell of a certain antelope that the flies avoid.

Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us — Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learned. Scientists have recently discovered that it is hereditary: Even babies feel stressed when seeing these creatures — long before they could have learned this reaction.

Food Safety:

Fruit, orchard and vineyard sanitation — University of Kentucky Extension
As the last of the fruit is harvested from trees this fall, it’s time to focus on fruit, orchard and vineyard sanitation, which can reduce disease-causing pathogens.

The New Face of Sanitation Programs: New Rules, New Challenges — Food Safety Magazine
This summer, Food Safety Magazine surveyed around 200 food processors on their concerns about their sanitation programs under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Here’s what was found.

Agriculture:

FSMA regulation FAQ for growers — South Dakota State University Extension
Horticulture specialist Rhoda Burrows explains some common questions from fruit and vegetable growers about the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Rule, the first regulation for fruit and vegetable production from the Food and Drug Administration.

Cinderella pumpkins? Yes, that’s a real thing — Ohio State University
Pumpkins have changed over the past decade. They’re white, red, green, beige, gray, even blue and light pink. “Consumers want these specialty pumpkins: weird, warty, blue, brown, pink pumpkins,” said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulture expert.

Toxicology:

Drug Testing Failure Rate for ‘Safety-Sensitive’ Workers Soars — Transport Topics
The percentage of U.S. workers in “safety-sensitive” jobs who flunked their federally-mandated drug tests increased at an “alarming” rate from 2015 to 2016, according to an analysis of drug testing data collected by the nation’s largest lab.

Offbeat:

Guy Pilots Great Pumpkin Across the Boston Harbor — Good News Network
A 31-year-old Boston man took his seasonal spirit to the next level when he grew a 520-pound pumpkin in his backyard and rigged it for a voyage across the Boston Harbor.

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