Farm-to-hospital spread of superbug unlikely

Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels.com An international team of scientists investigating transmission of drug-resistant Klebsiella bacteria has found that while the microbes are found in livestock, pets and the wider environment, they are rarely transmitted to humans through this route, according to new research from the University of Bath in the U.K. The researchers, … Continue reading Farm-to-hospital spread of superbug unlikely

By chasing laser dots, broiler chicken performance improves

Photo by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com Cat owners know that those little red dot lights can provide hours of entertainment and enrichment for their pets. New research from Iowa State University suggests dot-sized laser lights can provide enrichment for broiler chickens. The specially designed lasers can boost animal welfare and improve meat quality by motivating … Continue reading By chasing laser dots, broiler chicken performance improves

Poultry Roundup: Dietary over-supplementation & Bed bugs

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com In some egg-production systems, the diets of laying hens are supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids to enrich their eggs — making them more heart healthy for consumers. New research from Penn State has determined that while some supplementation is good, but too much is bad for the chickens and … Continue reading Poultry Roundup: Dietary over-supplementation & Bed bugs

Mycovirus may deactivate mycotoxin

Mycotoxins and the fungi that produce them are serious threats to both crop and livestock producers. While thousands of mycotoxins have been identified, only a relative handful are commonly found in grains, including those produced by the Fusarium species. Photo by Tomasz Filipek on Pexels.com These molds can damage grains, lowering yields and robbing grain … Continue reading Mycovirus may deactivate mycotoxin

Roundup: Cheese flavors and salmonella vaccines

Photo by NastyaSensei on Pexels.com New research conducted at the Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan demonstrates that the flavoring of various soft cheeses is due in part to bacterial colonization during the ripening process. The research was published in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. As cheese ages, beneficial bacteria … Continue reading Roundup: Cheese flavors and salmonella vaccines

Texas A&M establishes Institute for Equine Sciences

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has approved the establishment of the Texas A&M Institute for Equine Sciences, bringing together world-class science, academic expertise and facilities to advance the care and welfare of horses. Horses at the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Laura McKenzie) Major goals … Continue reading Texas A&M establishes Institute for Equine Sciences

Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

Photo: The Pirbright Institute. In new research that could pave the way for the development of more effective vaccines against Marek's disease, researchers with The Pirbright Institute in the U.K. have identified key immune response differences in chickens resistant to the disease. In a recent paper published in Frontiers in Immunology, the researchers showed how … Continue reading Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com While bovine tuberculosis (bTB) has been "nearly eradicated" in the U.S., according to USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Europe continues to struggle with the disease, particularly in the U.K. and Ireland. Across Ireland, it is estimated that bTB-infected herds have a 30-40% chance of the disease recurring … Continue reading Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel

Photo by Lina Kivaka on Pexels.com Every day, billions of cups of coffee are consumed, contributing to a massive amount of spent coffee grounds that often end up in the trash. However, two researchers in the U.K. have determined that spent coffee grounds provide both nutrients to feed and a structure on which to grow … Continue reading Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel