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Roundup: Cheese flavors and salmonella vaccines

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 degrade proteins and lipids (from … 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. Major goals include strengthening equine collaborations among public and private sectors and academia. Collaborators will work toward enhanced care … Continue reading Texas A&M establishes Institute for Equine Sciences

Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

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 immune cells known as … Continue reading Immune function differs in Marek’s resistant chickens

Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

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 within three years, according to an … Continue reading Role of vitamin D in bovine TB investigated

Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel

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 microalgae (Chlorella vulgaris sp.). The microalgae … Continue reading Spent coffee grounds help microalgae produce low-emission biodiesel

First honeybee vaccine ‘game-changer’

Vaccines are a proven benefit in the world of animal science, and soon, it may be possible to vaccinate six-legged livestock, i.e., honeybees. The University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) and Dalan Animal Health have teamed up to advance the world’s first honeybee vaccine, focused on American foulbrood. “You don’t have … Continue reading First honeybee vaccine ‘game-changer’

In brief: HPAI; offshore mussels, cattle efficiency, trout

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases continue to rampage across the country, though numbers so far in October is lower than in September. So far in October, as of Oct. 22, almost 833,000 birds were culled, including more than 527,000 turkeys, with a significant number of backyard flocks affected, particularly in the West, but backyard … Continue reading In brief: HPAI; offshore mussels, cattle efficiency, trout

Survey suggests variation in vitamin/trace mineral use in swine diets

There are recommended inclusion levels for vitamin and trace minerals in livestock rations, and then there are the actual inclusion levels for vitamin and trace minerals in livestock rations. Sometimes, due to cost, nutritionists and/or producers will include a lower level of one or more of these micronutrients, hoping to save a dollar and not … Continue reading Survey suggests variation in vitamin/trace mineral use in swine diets

Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms

In organic dairy production, producers are limited on disease prevention and treatment options. Organic dairies have fewer tools in their animal health toolbox due to organic program standards, but their cows are still faced with disease conditions. Bovine mastitis is one of the most common and costly diseases in the dairy industry, and a multi-state … Continue reading Project hopes to solve mastitis on organic dairy farms

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