Neogen reports 18% revenue increase

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that its revenue for the first quarter of FY 2014, which ended Aug. 31, was $58,548,000, an 18% increase compared to revenue of $49,729,000 in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter net income increased 17% to $7,839,000, or $0.32 per share, from the previous year’s first quarter […]

Researchers identify strain linked to Irish Potato Famine

A plant pathogen strain responsible for a famine that killed a million people in 19th century Ireland has been identified by United Kingdom researchers.

The study, led by The Sainsbury Laboratory, identified an early strain of Phytophthora infestans as the pathogen responsible for the blight that caused the Irish Potato Famine, according to the BBC.

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U.S. may be upgraded to “negligible” risk status for BSE

The United States soon could be moved to a “negligible” status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) – a lower status than the current level of “controlled”.

The move comes after the U.S. submitted an application to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last year seeking the change from “controlled” to “negligible,” […]

Research: Cows, snakes share DNA

Have genetic information, will travel?

Bov-B does.

Roughly a quarter of a cow’s genetic makeup originally came from reptiles, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and highlighted by Australia’s ABC News.

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U.K. to tighten tree import regulations

Ash dieback symptoms. Courtesy of WTPL/Mike Ryder.

In an effort to curb the introduction of pests and diseases, tree and plant imports to the United Kingdom soon will be subject to tighter tracking.

The new rules will help inspectors track European Union (EU)- imported oak, sweet chestnut, ash and plant trees. This will help […]

Neogen blog: A look back at 2012

Ah, nostalgia. It’s been a busy year here at the Neogen blog. We’ve covered quite a range of stuff, from food safety reforms to happy elephants in Thailand (scroll down for details – hint, hint) to decoding DNA.

So kick back, relax and take a stroll down the Neogen blog’s memory lane.

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Making the most of Monday with the links

Don’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

FSIS asks researchers to focus on key food safety issues – Food Safety News

The agency has updated its list of study priorities, including Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

USDA […]

Happiness is …the Monday links

Don’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

Microbiological control in the food plant environment and the role of rapid testing – Neogen webinar

Join food safety experts Dr. Jeff Kornacki of Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc. and […]

Deadly ash tree fungi found in U.K.

Ash dieback symptoms. Courtesy of WTPL/Mike Ryder.

The United Kingdom’s ash trees are in for a battle against a fungus that has decimated ash trees in other parts of Europe.

The fungus, Chalara fraxinea, which causes ash dieback, was detected in Suffolk and Ashwellthorpe by scientists from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), […]

Report: Cleaning crews help manage hospital infection control

What most improves patient care in a hospital most might not be the new piece of million-dollar equipment, but rather the facility’s cleaning staff, according to a recent Scientific American article.

The increased focus on cleaning comes as increasing numbers of infectious agents have become resistant to drugs, such as antibiotics, making infections harder to […]