The first Monday links of July

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

Food safety

Scientists’ secret ingredient for a better burgerUSDA

We’ll give you a hint – it’s not added for flavor. It’s added to knock down E. coli and other undesirable things.

Which country is best for food allergy sufferers? – CNN Travel

Traveling with food allergies can be a nerve-wracking experience.

Seafood exports touch record high in 2012-13 – The Times of India

Exports jumped almost 8 percent from the previous year.

Choose your cutlery carefully: What you eat with changes how your food tastes – Discover

It’s not just about taste buds.

 

Animal safety

Rabies in horses on the riseFully Vetted

Vaccination is very important.

When pets lose their sense of place – Veterinary Practice News

It’s tough to miss the signs of cognitive dysfunction in aging pets.

Green grass: Approach with caution – The Horse

Grass looks appetizing (and it is! Well, to horses anyway), but it may not have all the needed nutrients.

 

Agriculture

Canadian farmers plant record areas of key cropsMeat and Poultry

Corn planting was up about 3 percent from 2012.

About that 2013 Dust Bowl…  – Ag Professional

Dust storms have increased in the Western U.S.

Locust plague could cause food crisis in Madagascar – Phys.org

The estimated 500 billion locusts swarming the country eat about 100,000 tons of vegetation daily.

 

Toxicology

Synthetic pot outpacing illegal highs, UN report shows – Bloomberg

So-called “legal highs” such as spice and bath salts are becoming more popular globally.

 

Genomics

Tiny genomes may offer clues to first plants and animals – Scientific American

The humble Tremblaya has the smallest known genome, and it may be getting smaller.

Genome digest – The Scientist

Lotus flowers, plankton and the reason for the Irish Potato Famine are highlighted.

 

Plant diagnostics

Plants can do math – The Week

New research shows plants do math to ensure they have enough nutrients stored for the nighttime hours.

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