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Farmer Fungus

Humans are far from the first species to invent agriculture. Continue reading

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Life in the Post-Antibiotic Era

Last week I was struck by this article in The Verge, Dead meat: how to raise livestock in a post-antibiotic era. I was particularly interested in this because only a week earlier I had been teaching our first year students … Continue reading

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Badger baiting – the truth about badgers and bovine tuberculosis

We could probably control bTB using a combination of vaccination and better testing methods. If we wanted to. Continue reading

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Antibiotic alternatives in food-producing animals

Alternatives to antibiotics are urgently needed in animal agriculture. Continue reading

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Schmallenberg Virus Pathogenesis and Tropism

Approximately 30 percent of all infectious diseases that emerged between 1990 and 2000 were caused by arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses). This is probably the result of a combination of factors including a dramatic increase in travelling and commercial exchanges, climate and … Continue reading

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Goats cause cancer. Yes they do. Really.

Although studies have so far failed to find an infectious agent, the evidence is now pretty clear that “professional exposure to goats” increases the risk of lung cancer.   Professional Exposure to Goats Increases the Risk of Pneumonic-Type Lung Adenocarcinoma: … Continue reading

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10 things you didn't know about Schmallenberg virus (aka WTF is "Schmallenberg virus"?)

First it was foot and mouth virus. Then it was bluetongue virus. Now it is Schmallenberg virus. So here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Schmallenberg virus: Schmallenberg virus was first isolated in Schmallenberg, Germany, in November 2011. Schmallenberg virus … Continue reading

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Top 10 of Top 10's ?

I recently wrote about the top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology. Well Ed didn’t like that list, so he’s published his own: Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) Cucumber … Continue reading

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