Food Safety

Purple Corn Offers Benefits Inside and Out

Purple corn is more than tasty and eye-catching. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a game-changing element of purple corn – it may help reduce the risk of major health diseases.

Online Hands-On Mapping System Helps Keep Pollinators Safe

A multi-institutional research team led by Penn State University developed Beescape, an online tool to help beekeepers understand what resources and risks bees may encounter when they leave the hive.

Tackling Listeria: New Study Reveals Hypervirulent Strains and Emerging Clones

Listeria monocytogenes is a major cause of severe foodborne illness in the United States. But recent research at NC State indicates that not all strains of the bacteria are equally virulent.

Beneficial Gut Bacteria Metabolize Fiber to Improve Heart Health in Mice

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison showed that mice that harbored a particular bacteria and that also ate a high-fiber diet suffered from less atherosclerosis and had reduced inflammation compared to mice without the bacteria.

Discovery can help farmers combat stink bugs, save money on pest control

Virginia Tech researchers have discovered insights into pheromones, a bug's chemical language, that can be used to develop alternative pest controls.

Auburn University researchers work to ensure safety of local foods

An increasing number of consumers want to know where their food comes from and are buying it at farmers markets and through community-supported agriculture programs. However, one of the problems is making sure that locally produced foods are produced and distributed safely.

USDA: Previously Unknown Rice Blast Resistance Isolated

A gene that gives rice resistance to a disease that has been costing about $66 billion a year in global damage has been isolated by a team of scientists led by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Yulin Jia.

Protecting Our Food System in a Changing Climate

A major challenge to our food system is feeding a growing population that is projected to exceed nine billion in just the next three decades. This challenge requires both increasing food production and protecting the safety of our food supply in the face of a changing climate and diminishing land and water resources.

NIFA, Agricultural Research Tackle Society’s "Wicked" Problems

Our charge in the food and agricultural sciences is to move from evolutionary discoveries, which contribute to marginal changes over long periods of time, to revolutionary thinking to deal with ‘wicked’ problems by deploying transdisciplinary approaches that solve complex societal challenges. Similar to how the Internet-driven disruptive technologies have transformed America and the rest of the world, advances in data science, information science, biotechnology and nanotechnology can transform agriculture and our capacity to address societal challenges.

NoroCORE: A Comprehensive Approach to a Near ‘Perfect’ Human Pathogen

Today’s guest blog features the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative (NoroCORE- Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education), a food safety initiative with the ultimate goal to reduce the burden of foodborne disease associated with viruses, particularly noroviruses. Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States accounting for around 5 million of the 21 million annual cases associated with contaminated foods. Cost of illness is estimated to be billions of dollars per year.