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Connecting Animal and Human Health

Animal Nutrition

New Poultry Biosciences Facility to Contribute to Animal and Human Health

Merck Animal Health and Tyson Foods have provided gift funding for the new research facility, which aims to solve health-related challenges facing the poultry industry.

Fumonisin Not Detrimental to Beef Cattle

In high levels, Fumonisin can be toxic to livestock and humans. In 2001, the USDA set parameters around the standards of the Fusarium fungi that feed can contain. Now, a study from the Overton AgriLife Research Center contributes to updating the guidance levels for cattle feed.

Human Nutrition

Hydroponic Asian Vegetables Grown in Uvalde Donated to Local Nutrition Center

The Uvalde Research Center has a tradition of sharing their surplus vegetables with a local nutrition center and helps to feed 150 senior citizens, and this year they’re donating novelty Asian vegetables to the center.

Cottonseed Protein for Human Nutrition

Dr. Keerti Rathore has devoted more than half of his professional career to finding a way to feed people with cottonseed. Just recently his research and work received deregulation approval for using ground cottonseed for human consumption. This study and recent deregulation will be useful for countries with high cotton production and low grain production.

Vector-borne Illnesses

Homeowners Look Out for New Tick

An exotic East Asian tick, initially from China, has moved from various locations in the Pacific and has made its way to the United States. Though the Longhorned Tick has not yet been identified in Texas, it has been found in the neighboring state of Arkansas. The Longhorned tick is accustomed to a broad range of climates from the Northeast, South Atlantic, and West South Central. Home-owners are recommended to take precautions.

Controlling Mosquitos

Mosquitoes affect the health of people and animals more than any other insect pest worldwide. Biting female mosquitoes transmit many infectious agents that cause diseases such as encephalitis, malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus, and yellow fever. Mosquito populations exist throughout Texas, and some species are known to be disease vectors (carriers).

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