Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Botulinum-type toxins jump to a new kind of bacteria — Boston Children’s Hospital
Isolated from cow feces sampled at a South Carolina farm, a strain of the bacteria Enterococcus is raising scientific eyebrows after being found to carry a toxin resembling the toxin that causes botulism.

Closing in on coccidiosis: How metagenomics can help — The Poultry Site
As the poultry industry reduces its use of antibiotics, one graduate student offers advice to producers about controlling coccidiosis. The student conducted a study across 40 farms showing how metagenomics can be used to monitor different strains that cause the disease.

Food Safety:

Prison food is making U.S. inmates disproportionately sick — The Atlantic
Lapses in food safety have made U.S. prisoners six times more likely to get a foodborne illness than the general population.

FDA releases five FSMA guidance documents — Food Safety Tech
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued five guidance documents related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with the goal of assisting food importers and producers to meet provisions in the regulation.

Agriculture:

‘Green Photo of the Year’ winner unveiled — AgriLand
Following a year-long competition and hundreds of entries, two Irish agricultural organizations have revealed the winner of their #OriginGreen #ItStartsHere photo competition: “Gold Under the Haybarn,” a golden shot of a rainbow stretching down and touching a building’s roof on a green, grassy Irish farm.

Lightweight robots harvest cucumbers — Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
The automotive industry isn’t the only one to rely on robots. More and more, farms are using automation systems for manual labor. Scientists are now developing a dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers.

Toxicology:

Monkeys in a nicotine experiment can relax; their future is looking up — The Washington Post
Squirrel monkeys from a Food and Drug Administration nicotine study are headed to a long-term sanctuary after officials concluded that the experiment, which resulted in four deaths, did not meet the agency’s animal-welfare standards and shut it down.

Offbeat:

Amateur finds ‘mother lode’ of dinosaur footprints in NASA’s parking lot — Good News Network
Inside the grounds of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, one fortunate fossil hunter came across a rare find: a section of a 100-million-year-old track comprising both dinosaur and tiny mammal footprints.

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