Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Biosecurity takes many hands to be effective — National Hog Farmer
Efforts on the farm are imperative to keep the swine herd healthy, but the entire production chain needs to be involved to keep economically detrimental pathogens away.

Don’t fall victim to nitrate poisoning — Beef Magazine
Nitrogen is a common and important element, and without it, cattle would have a much harder time processing the rough forages they consume. But nitrogen can play the bad guy as well.

Food Safety:

Why is this egg stuck? — Poultry World
Sometimes, eggs get stuck in their trays. How does this happen, what are the consequences, and what should you do with these eggs?

Into the cold abyss of food waste — Food Safety Magazine
In the wake of the Great Depression, Americans were mindful of their food purchases. However, today the average American family throws away almost $1,500 per year in wasted food.

Agriculture:

Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt — University of Wisconsin
Researchers wanted to know whether the past century of selecting corn to be acclimated to particular environments has changed its ability to adapt to new or stressful conditions. By measuring North American corn populations, they recorded how corn genomes responded to different conditions.

Chili just became the first-ever dog certified to save our crops from pests — Good News Network
One of the largest bell pepper producers of North America almost went out of business last year after it came under fire from a dangerous pest called the pepper weevil. The greenhouse was running out of options when it decided to bring in a two-year-old Belgian shepherd.

Toxicology:

How chemists are responding to the opioid epidemic — Chemical & Engineering News
This three-part story looks at how the chemistry community is helping to tackle the opioid epidemic. Efforts include tamper-resistant formulations for painkillers, instrumentation that can quickly identify dangerous synthetics and novel pain medications that are more safe and effective.

Offbeat:

There’s a scientific reason we remember some dreams but forget others — Business Insider
Sleep scientists are learning that what happens to your brain when you snooze is essential for having a good life. Dreams help ups problem-solve, soothe emotional ups and downs and even make some people more creative. But why do only some dreams get remembered?

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