Animal health and production and animal products

New Discovery, More Bees Mark Michigan’s First Full Bee Census

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates.

Improving Food Quality, One Light at a Time

Fort Valley State University aims to make a mark in food safety research with the help of a new pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light system that could aid in the decontamination of foods and extend shelf life without heat or chemical preservatives.

Food Safety Toolbox

Scientists from Iowa State University developed an on-line toolbox that helps consumers, producers and processors to manage and reduce the incidence of human illness caused by Campylobacter jejuni.

Ground Zero for Salmonella

Martin Wiedmann, a Cornell University microbiologist, is working to solve the mystery and trace the origin of Salmonella Cerro.

Education as a Way to Reduce STEC Contamination

Scientists from Kansas State University developed a series of free training modules, Translation of STEC: Mitigation to Field Implementation, to teach meat processors, producers, distributors and restaurant workers how to safely control STEC (Shigatoxin-producing E.coli)-related contamination.

Teaching Teachers About Cattle

To help engage future agricultural professionals, Dr. Linda Atkinson and Heather Shaffery at the University of Oklahoma are working with kindergarten through community college teachers from across Oklahoma through “Authentic Research Experiences for Teachers (ARET).”

Ornamental Fish Food

Ornamental aquarium fish like the clownfish Nemo and his pal the royal blue tang Dory one day may be dining on high-quality yet inexpensive white worms grown in New England.

Making Big Data Work Better on the Farm

A multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin (UW) scientists led by Victor Cabrera has set out to create a “virtual dairy farm brain” that will collect and integrate all of a farm’s data streams in real time and then use artificial intelligence to analyze those data to help farmers run their businesses.

CRISPR Mushrooms Coming Soon

Plant pathologist Yinong Yang at Penn State University used the versatile gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 to design a button mushroom that resists browning and may have a longer shelf life.

Smaller Cattle for a Dry Landscape

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.