Live-pig markets, traders could provide insight to controlling African swine fever

Source: University of California – Davis Summary: Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study.   FULL STORY              Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.               Researchers at the University of California, Davis’ Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance and the United Nation’s Food…

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Scientists unlock planthoppers’ potential to control future crop disease outbreaks

Source: eLife Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Zoology have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus. Rice stripe virus (RSV) causes major damage to rice crops each year. The study could inform future strategies for controlling the spread of this and other viruses that can lead to devastating effects on rice, wheat, cotton and other crops. “Most plant viruses depend on insects to carry them between plants, and many can reproduce inside the cells of…

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A common underlying genetic basis for social behavior in dogs and humans

Source: Princeton University Summary: Scientists have identified genetic changes that are linked to dogs’ human-directed social behaviors and suggest there is a common underlying genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in both dogs and humans. FULL STORY                                                             A boy and his dog. Credit: © Christin Lola / Fotolia                    Dogs’ ability to communicate and interact with humans is one the most astonishing differences between them and their wild cousins, wolves. A new study published today in the journal Science Advances identifies genetic changes that are linked to dogs’ human-directed social…

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