Monday links

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

Animal Science:

New guidelines on preventing and treating ‘equine strep throat’ — University of Pennsylvania
Just as strep throat can run rampant in elementary schools, strangles, the “strep throat” of horses, is highly contagious. Veterinarians have an important role to play not only in treating the disease, but also in preventing its spread.

What you need to know about trich — a nasty (and expensive) problem — Beef Magazine
For a cow-calf producer, there’s not another disease that comes close to the economic impact of trichomoniasis, otherwise known as “trich.” Here’s a primer on what trich is, how to avoid it and what to do if your herd contracts it.

Food Safety:

Californian authorities warn about elevated levels of paralytic poison in shellfish — Newsweek
Residents in several California counties have been warned to refrain from harvesting and consuming shellfish after elevated levels of a paralyzing nerve toxin were detected much earlier in the year. The dangerous levels are being attributed to an unseasonably warm winter.

Don’t spend your spring break trip making bathroom visits — Stop Foodborne Illness
Whether you spend spring break partying in a city, exploring a different country or getting some R&R at home, don’t let food safety take a vacation.

Agriculture:

3/20: National Agriculture Day — NRVNews
March 20 is National Agriculture Day in the United States — a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture.

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25%, without compromising yield, by altering the expression of one gene that is found in all plants.

Toxicology:

The world’s top anti-doping scientist thinks we can end cheating in sports. Here’s why. — Vox
Anti-doping officials like Olivier Rabin are convinced they can win against cheats. Tools like improved testing and biological passports could make illegal performance enhancers a non-factor in future competitions.

Offbeat:

She was the only woman in a photo of 38 scientists, and now she’s been identified — The New York Times
Last week, hundreds of people were engaged in a search for a woman named Sheila. It began when an illustrator’s investigation into the archives of marine legislation turned into a very different kind of historical deep dive.

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