Study finds pathogens in NYC’s rodent population

By Timothy S. Paul, 212-305-2676 or

In the first study to look at would-be diseases carried by New York City rats, scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health identified bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella, and C. difficile, that cause mild to life-threatening gastroenteritis in people; Seoul hantavirus, which causes Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure in humans; and the closest relative to human hepatitis C. Results appear in the journal mBio.

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Feral hogs are running rampant in Oklahoma

Feral hogs have made their home in Oklahoma, and farmers and ranchers have the damage on their property to prove it.

Check out the stories in Southwest Farm Press and the Daily Ardmoreite.

Know your FRAC codes

Don’t know what a FRAC code is? It’s important when dealing with fungicide resistance. In this blog post at UT Crops, authors Alice Cochran (Graduate Research Asst.) and Heather Kelly (Extension Plant Pathologist) discuss what FRAC codes are and why it’s important when you’re rotating fungicides. FRAC stands for the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee, and although the authors focus on Tennessee, the recommendations apply to anyone in any state in the U.S. Continue reading