Monday links

Horse_Foal_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science    

Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal’s Future? – The Horse
Researchers have discovered that genes are certainly responsible for many personality traits. But even full siblings don’t share all the same genes. And, more importantly, one foal’s world can vary greatly from another’s.

Dairy farmers turning to genetics – Morning ag clips
Genetics can improve profit margins, according to a new research report.

Food Safety

DSP forces closure of beaches to recreational shellfish harvests – Food Safety News
The discovery of unsafe levels of diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) in samples of shellfish collected near Seattle has prompted the closing of Puget Sound beaches for recreational shellfish harvest.

Should Eggs be Refrigerated? – The Poultry Site
It’s a question that has been causing rifts between egg consumers for a very long time — but is the fridge brigade correct? The Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) has looked into the scientific evidence behind egg storage and the risks of Salmonella.

Agriculture

Wheat genome research now available – NRGene
Following the January 2016 announcement of the production of a whole genome assembly for bread wheat, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), having completed quality control, is now making this breakthrough resource available for researchers via the IWGSC wheat sequence repository at URGI-INRA-Versailles, France.

Drought Creeps Into South Carolina – Ag Web
The biggest worry is agriculture, where farmers who grow corn and other row crops need rain to help their plants thrive. Stream flows and groundwater levels are still high from abundant rains in the winter and fall, but a true long, hot, dry summer could begin to deplete those reserves, officials said.

Toxicology

The Facts on the FDA’s New Tobacco Rule – Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently finalized a rule that extends its regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah and pipe tobacco, as part of its goal to improve public health.

Offbeat

Here’s Why Cats Like to Sleep in Funny Places – Mental Floss
Ever wonder why your cat likes to lounge on the floor, even though you bought him a comfy cat bed? Or why he tends to steal your seat as soon as you stand up? These behaviors (and more) are demystified in this video, created by illustrator Simon Tofield and animal behaviorist Nicky Trevorrow.

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