Could dung beetles boost food safety on the farm?

Food safety doesn’t start at the processing facility.

Farmers go to great lengths to protect their crops from invading pathogens. Recent years have seen outbreaks attributed to bacteria like E. coli deposited by passing wildlife (through their droppings) and runoff from nearby livestock feedlots, which can infect low-to-the-ground crops like broccoli and leafy greens. Though […]

Threat of equine botulism realized after sudden death of ponies

In Winterton, Canada, two owners are mourning the sudden loss of their Newfoundland ponies after it’s believed they ate grass contaminated with botulism toxins.

Equine botulism, a rare but fatal neurologic disease, can occur suddenly in horses after they ingest toxins produced by a type of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria can be […]