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May 2015 News  

Construction of NBAF lab begins following Wednesday ceremony
Federal officials broke ground for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, on Wednesday, May 27.

Plant biosecurity course at BRI combats wheat blast
Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus of a plant biosecurity course at Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute.

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains
A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza found in other countries that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. Those strains, not found in the U.S., have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

Auburn, Kansas State University to host animal health and nutrition forum
Kansas State and Auburn have formed a partnership to host more than 20 universities and 30 companies for an animal health and nutrition forum in Kansas City.

Farmers market resource available
An updated 2015 guide is available to help new, as well as veteran farmers market vendors in Kansas navigate the best practices to ensure the safety of various types of food offered at what for many of us marks the real spring season.

Spring heat more damaging to wheat than fall freeze, study finds
A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

Report finds mandatory COOL causes meat industry, consumer losses
Agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor and Ted Schroeder from Kansas State University and Joe Parcell from the University of Missouri completed a report for the U.S. government that found no evidence of meat demand increases for MCOOL covered products — those products sold at retail locations such as supermarkets. Because general meat demand has not increased, and the meat industry as a whole has experienced lower quantities and higher costs to implement the additional labeling procedures, MCOOL has led to net economic losses.

Food science expert explains why listeria is showing up more often in food recalls
Listeria has been the reason for 16 recalls in two months, in products not typically associated with the bacteria. A Kansas State University food science expert explains why the foodborne pathogen is appearing in different products.