Did mycotoxins cause the Salem witch trials?

It’s funny how a bit of drama from over 300 years ago can remain a hot topic centuries later.

If you grew up in the U.S., you probably learned about the Salem witch trials of 1692, when over 200 people around the colonial Massachusetts town of Salem were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hanged.


Monday 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.

Animal Science:

Disinfectant inactivates PEDv in cold weather — Pig Progress A team of researchers has reported that different dilutions of disinfectant were effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in cold […]

Cattle deaths linked to toxin-producing fungi

Courtesy of MU Extension.

A fungus that produces a lethal toxin (and may have ties to the Salem witch trials), has cropped up in pastures in the U.S. corn belt.

Ergot, which can be fatal to humans and animals, already has led to cattle deaths in Missouri. The fungus affects many types of crops, […]