Monday links

Honey Bee And Flower In The GardensDon’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

Bumblebee genomes create a buzz in the field of pollination – Science Daily
Bees play a key role in our ecosystem and in the world’s food supply. Thanks to a large collaborative effort, the genomes of two important pollinating bumblebees have been sequenced and compared with those of other bees, laying the foundations for the identification of biological factors essential for their conservation.

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in U.S. – The Pig Site
For the latest week there were 26 new confirmed positive premises for PEDV and three presumed positive, according to the latest report from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Food Safety

Top Food Safety Officials Weigh in on Key Issues – Food Safety News
Some of the most important food safety questions were answered in a recent Q&A session at National Food Policy Conference.

State Farmers Say New Food Safety Rules Will Be Costly – Hartford Courant
New federal food safety rules designed to protect consumers from vomit-inducing illnesses could have the unintended consequence of driving some Connecticut farmers out of business, agricultural experts say.

Agriculture

U.S. Ups Fight Against Agricultural Espionage – The Wall Street Journal
FBI used surveillance tactics authorized by anti-spying law to nab a Chinese executive accused of stealing seeds.

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change – NPR
A planet that is warming at extraordinary speed may require extraordinary new food crops. The latest great agricultural hope is beans that can thrive in temperatures that cripple most conventional beans.

Toxicology

Study findings challenge current thinking on BPA toxicology – News Medical
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that while a large majority of newborns are exposed in their earliest days to bisphenol A (BPA), a much-studied chemical used in plastics and in food and soda can linings, they can chemically alter and rid their bodies of it.

Offbeat

Chemical Attraction: Why Mosquitos Zone In On Some People, But Not Others – IFLScience
Everyone who has ever been camping or walking in the wild with friends can’t have failed to notice how insects seem to prefer some people’s flesh to others. Some unlucky souls are totally covered in itchy red blotches and others are miraculously spared. But why?

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