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November 2014 News


Take extra precautions when cooking for large groups
As the holidays approach, a Kansas State University food scientist discusses quantity cooking food safety.

Researchers helping wheat defend itself against damaging viruses
John Fellers, molecular biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, and Harold Trick, plant geneticist for Kansas State University, have led an effort to develop a patent-pending genetic engineering technology that builds resistance to certain viruses in the wheat plant itself. And although genetically engineered wheat is not an option in the market today, their research is building this resistance in non-genetically engineered wheat lines as well.

Cold temperatures expected to affect wheat in Kansas
The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10-15 will certainly cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether it will injure the wheat to any degree depends on several factors, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.

Education important in recognizing food allergens
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, issued a consumer update outlining the hazards of undeclared food allergens in certain food products. Fadi Aramouni, extension specialist and professor of food science at Kansas State University, is an expert in food processing and food product development. He said consumers should be aware of the FDA update, as food ingredient label education is important.

Education important in recognizing food allergens
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, issued a consumer update outlining the hazards of undeclared food allergens in certain food products. Fadi Aramouni, extension specialist and professor of food science at Kansas State University, is an expert in food processing and food product development. He said consumers should be aware of the FDA update, as food ingredient label education is important.

Patent awarded for nontoxic, genetics-based nanotechnology against mosquitoes and other insect pests
Kansas State University researchers have been awarded a U.S. patent for microscopic, genetics-based technology that can help safely kill mosquitos and other insect pests. The patented technology affects the genes pest insects use to make their protective exoskeleton.

World-renowned expert on food systems to discuss agricultural sustainability Nov. 17
Jules Pretty, a world-renowned expert on sustainable agriculture, will discuss how to sustainably feed a growing world population that will require twice as much food at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in 1018 Throckmorton Hall. The lecture focuses on sustainable intensification — producing more food with fewer resources and less stress on the environment.

FDA official highlights hot topics, including changes in antibiotic use in animals
Significant changes on the horizon for the animal health industry are reflected in three new documents now available, according to Sharon Benz, director of the Division of Animal Feeds within the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Cargill employees first to complete beef cattle transportation education training
Cargill employees were recently a part of the first trucking fleet to complete the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA's) Beef Cattle Transportation Education online training, which is housed and provided by the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University.

University offers new course in economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry
Kansas State University's award-winning Master of Agribusiness program is offering an internet-based examination of the economics of the animal health and companion animal industry: AGEC 750, Economic Issues in the Global Animal Health Industry. The three-credit, online graduate course provides an interactive study of the economics and business challenges and opportunities facing the animal health and companion animal industry. 

Konza Prairie research program receives $6.76 million NSF grant renewal
The National Science Foundation renews Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research program with $6.76 million grant.

Patent issued for substance with medical benefits
A U.S. patent has been awarded to a novel jelly-like substance developed by Kansas State University researchers. The substance, called a hydrogel, may be used for biomedical applications, ranging from cell culture and drug delivery to repairing and replacing tissue, organs and cartilage.