Wednesday Links

Don’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

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia Tech study has looked at how the insects do their job and manage to stay clean.

How chewing like a cow helped early mammals thrive – The Horse

Mammal teeth, jaw bones and muscles evolved to produce side-to-side motions of the jaw, or yaw, that allowed our earliest ancestors to grind food with their molars and eat a more diversified diet, suggests a new report.

Food Safety

Norovirus-contaminated oysters sicken hundreds in Canada, USA – Food Safety News

Consumption of raw or undercooked oysters from British Columbia is blamed for 321 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in three Canadian provinces, according to an updated report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), released March 27.

FDA Shares Details on Soft Cheese Listeria Outbreak – Food Safety Magazine

Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery in Walton, NY has been identified as the most likely source of a Listeria outbreak that has sickened 6 people in 4 states. Two of those illnesses resulted in fatalities.

Agriculture

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood – Science Daily
Trees impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, an important influence that should be considered as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land, said the authors of an international study.

Dairy farmers should rethink a cow’s curfew, says researchers –Science Daily

Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research. The researchers said their findings support previous research that found public opinion of a good life for cattle involves outdoor grazing access.

Toxicology

Weaning pigs: Antioxidants and probiotics can help – All About Feed

These studies address critical issues of pig production, stressing the importance of nutritional management during key periods of stress such as weaning, vaccination and heat stress in piglets, as well as liquid feed hygiene and liquid feed fermentation profiles in fattening pigs.

Offbeat

Slight changes in flight paths could reduce effect on climate by 10%– IOP Science

A study which looks at the feasibility of climate-optimized air traffic routing for trans-Atlantic flights.

 

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