Monday links

Curious PigsDon’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

Ohio and Michigan report H3N2v ‘swine flu’ infections linked to pigs at fairs – Outbreak News
The four human infections were caused by H3N2v viruses in Ohio (2) and Michigan (2). All four patients reported attending fairs where they had exposure to pigs during the week preceding illness onset.

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making – NPR
Jonathan Garaas has learned a few things in three seasons of backyard beekeeping: Bees are fascinating. They’re complicated. And keeping them alive is not easy.

Agriculture

USDA Estimates Record Corn, Soybean Yields This Fall – Ag Web
USDA blew past trade forecasts with a record corn crop yield and soybean yield in numbers released last week. Here are the key numbers to know.

Despite changing gender roles, it’s still often sons who go home to farm – Harvest Public Media
Women are close to or more than half of students at state ag colleges all over the Midwest, including Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Colorado State. Still, talk to students on campus and you’re likely to find it’s the men planning to head straight back to the farm after college.

Food Safety

Genomic Studies Tackle Banana Plant Pathogens – Genome Web
A pair of studies by independent research teams reporting in PLOS Genetics provide a genomic framework for attempting to combat the fungal pathogen behind black Sigatoka, or black streak disease, in banana plants.

FDA updates draft guidance for dietary supplement industry – Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers.

Toxicology

‘Weird’ mix of toxic chemicals found in toxicology from overdose deaths — Trib Today
What health officials call “weird” drugs, including one 6,000 more times powerful than morphine that was used in chemical warfare, are turning up in the toxicology screenings of people who died from accidental drug overdoses.

Offbeat

Infographic: The Science Behind Common Food Sensations – Mental Floss
You know when foods are cold, hot, spicy, or sour, but do you know why you feel those sensations? This infographic from The Greenhouse People focuses on the science behinds the adjectives.

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