Tuesday links

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

Food Safety

Food insecurity and its link to mycotoxins — All About Feed
In his remarks at the World Nutrition Forum, Christopher Elliott of Queen’s University Belfast explained how mycotoxins are related to 3 big drivers of insecurity in the food supply system: climate change, antimicrobial resistance and fraud.

Newly-published spinach genome will make more than Popeye stronger — Boyce Thompson Institute
If you love spanakopita or your go-to appetizer is spinach artichoke dip, you may be excited to know that new research will make it even easier to improve this nutritious leafy green.

Animal Science

Genetic Risk Factor for Equine Eye Cancer Identified — UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer found in equine eyes and the second most common tumor of the horse overall. Thanks to a recent study, horse owners can now identify horses at risk for ocular SCC.

Cash cows: Why investors are buying pregnant cattle — CNN
For $1,000 you can be the proud owner of a pregnant cow in South Africa, and track her through a mobile app as she grazes, grows and gives birth. This form of “crowd farming” is an alternative option aimed at investors who can’t relate to “imaginary things.”

Agriculture

Groundwater loss tracked during drought in California’s Central Valley — University of California
Significant groundwater loss in California’s Central Valley during the recent drought sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area, a new study reveals.

Nigerian women venture into agriculture, aiming to boost country’s economy — Africa News
Kofo Durosinmi-Etti is among a new crop of Nigerian women farmers. She owns and runs Next Generation Innovative Farm in Lagos State and has adopted drip irrigation and greenhouse technologies to grow a variety of vegetables for sale including tomatoes, habanero peppers, okra and kale.

Toxicology

Cocaine is getting stronger, drug experts warn — BBC Newsbeat
There’s a warning cocaine in the UK is getting stronger — and more users are ending up in hospital. Drug testing services, a former police drugs chief and regular cocaine users all say it’s getting more potent.

Offbeat

Top 10 new species for 2017 — SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
A spider and an ant whose names are drawn from the today’s most popular fantasy novels, a brilliant pink katydid and an omnivorous rat are among the discoveries identified as the Top 10 New Species for 2017.

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