Monday links

Cute kitten and headphones, isolated on whiteDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated – The Horse
If you suspect your horse might have a food allergy, new research is suggesting that an allergy test might not be the next step to take.

Studying how and why parasites affect performance – Drovers Cattle Network
It is well documented that infections with internal parasites can reduce weight gains, feed efficiency and reproductive performance in cattle, but just why different parasites have evolved to affect or manipulate their hosts in different ways is unclear.

Food Safety

Hatching Season for Baby Birds Prompts Annual Salmonella Warnings – Food Safety News
The time of year has arrived for baby chicks and ducklings to hatch out into the world, bringing with them annual warnings to help protect against the risk of Salmonella infection.

Researchers Find Possible Link Between Food Safety And Climate Change – Tech Times
Problems with food security have been previously linked to climate change, but now researchers have found that food safety might also be a concern.

Scientists identify specific gene mutations associated with peanut allergies – Fox News
A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have identified specific gene markers associated with the peanut allergy, and say their findings may offer a basis for future detection and medication.

Agriculture

Survey Reveals: Mycotoxins remain a threat – All About Feed
The latest Biomin Mycotoxin Survey covers 6,844 agricultural commodity samples from 64 countries worldwide and provides regional insights on the main risks caused by the most important mycotoxins in primary feedstuffs in 2014.

Plant a Milkweed, Save a Monarch? – AgWeb
Adding milkweed to the mix is one thing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to offset monarch butterflies’ lost breeding habitat – and it’s one thing conservation groups say everyone from large-scale landowners to backyard gardeners might do to help the species.

Toxicology

Just add water: Here comes powdered alcohol – Washington Post
Freeze-dried, powdered alcohol has been approved by federal regulators, meaning the controversial novelty could hit liquor-store shelves across the United States by the summer.

Offbeat

Listen: Why Scientists Have Created Music Just for Cats – National Geographic
Most animals don’t groove to human beats, but they will respond to music that’s tailored to their hearing abilities, ongoing research shows.

 

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