Tag Archives: Agriculture

Would you like Salmonella with your salad?

New research from my colleagues at the University of Leicester shows that “salad juice” from damaged leaved in bagged salads can stimulate the growth of Salmonella, even at refrigerator temperatures. Although this research did not look for evidence of Salmonella … Continue reading

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The Buzz about Honey Bee Viruses

This short review presents current understanding of the role of viruses on honey bee health and address some overarching questions in honey bee virology. Why Should I Be Concerned about Honey Bee Colony Losses and What Is Colony Collapse Disorder … Continue reading

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How soil bacteria escape sticky root traps

Plant root tips are covered by a protective sleeve of loosely attached border cells that can release a matrix containing proteins, polysaccharides, and DNA. In animal immune systems, extracellular DNA forms the backbone of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) deployed by … Continue reading

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Bio-Control of Salmonella in Foods Using Bacteriophages

I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to the idea that “phage therapy” is going to save us when the antibiotics fail. There have been enough clinical trails now to show that this cannot be true, at least … Continue reading

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Virus-resistant pigs

By genetically engineering pigs to degrade a crucial virus protein, animals can be made less susceptible to foot and mouth disease virus. Continue reading

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Briefing: banana disease

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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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