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Wednesday, June 3, 2020


HOW TO BOOST FERTILITY IN MALE DOGS.Research shows that herbs, vitamins, and minerals help dogs attain optimum fertility. These are even more useful when administered during the breeding season, helping them in a myriad of ways.1)Vitamin B6, B12, and Foliate are essential for male reproduction. 2) Selenium and Vitamin A, C, and E along with antioxidants, play a role in repairing damage caused by aging. 3) Vitamin D enhances sperm motility, studies reveal. It is more important for males kept inside the house. 4)Zinc affects sperm formation immensely. Testosterone and sperm motility benefit too. 5)Grape seed extract helps in protecting the cells and tissues of the testicle from free radicals. more

11 Tips to Increase Male Dog Fertility.

11 Tips to Increase Male Dog Fertility.Infertility and low-fertility affect dogs just like other mammalian species, including humans. For dog breeders, these become true worries when looking to breed them. While a few infertility problems are inherited, many just develop with age. Low infertility in dogs is due to several factors such as age, injuries, drugs, disease,( Brucella canis) physical defects, inability to ejaculate, degeneration of the testes, low sperm count, and congenital abnormalities. CAUSES OF INFERTILITY. 1)Test Your Dog for Brucella Canis Brucella canis is a gram-negative bacterium that can be a reason for your dog’s infertility or low fertility. Brucella canis causes brucellosis in dogs and other canines. The disease manifests as orchitis and epididymitis in male dogs, placentitis, endometritis and abortions in females. It can lead to infertility in both sexes. Other notable but less common symptoms include inflammation in the eyes and appendicular and axial skeleton. Brucella canis affects humans, too, but it is extremely rare. The symptoms of the disease vary significantly in both the canine genders. Males face infertility as their bodies produce antibody against the sperm. It may further manifest in the form of inflammation of the testes, which settles down gradually. Females face abortion of developing fetuses. 2)Treat All Bacterial Infections A case report published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction (APJR) studied infertility and sperm defects in adult male dogs and found a bacterial infection in the reproductive tract as the cause. In the case study, a 3.5-year-old dog was studied for the infertility problem. Breeding-related examinations were conducted on the subject. It included general physical examination, history evaluation, reproductive system examination, libido determination, and hematology. They also took semen for evaluation and screening for infectious organisms. Post evaluation, the results were mostly normal. Physical examination revealed the dog to be in a healthy state. The overall examination results were normal, as well. There was no serious abnormality found in scrotum or penis; however, a whitish discharge came out from the prepuce. The canine experienced mild pain on palpitation of the testes and epididymis. Rectal palpitation of the prostate gland caused pain and slight discomfort, but there was no enlargement of the prostate. Evaluation of the semen for semen color, pH and volume determined everything as normal. A high WBC count in the semen indicated infection in the reproductive tract. The small amount sent for culture examination revealed a large amount of bacterial growth. The bacterium was Escherichia coli (E.coli).

Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans.

Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans.The virus's ability to change makes it likely that new human coronaviruses will arise. A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells. Conducting a genetic analysis, researchers from Duke University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Texas at El Paso and New York University confirmed that the closest relative of the virus was a coronavirus that infects bats. But that virus's ability to infect humans was gained through exchanging a critical gene fragment from a coronavirus that infects a scaly mammal called a pangolin, which made it possible for the virus to infect humans. The researchers report that this jump from species-to-species was the result of the virus's ability to bind to host cells through alterations in its genetic material. By analogy, it is as if the virus retooled the key that enables it to unlock a host cell's door -- in this case a human cell. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, the "key" is a spike protein found on the surface of the virus. Coronaviruses use this protein to attach to cells and infect them.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Africa: Idris Elba Sounds Alarm As Pandemic Threatens Food Crisis for Farmers.

Africa: Idris Elba Sounds Alarm As Pandemic Threatens Food Crisis for Farmers. Idris Elba on Friday called for urgent action and creative solutions to prevent a looming hunger crisis in poor countries, where food production and transport have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The British actor and filmmaker said the issue is personal to him and his wife, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba, since both of their families come from Africa. The couple launched a United Nations fund in April to support rural food systems and spoke in an online panel on Friday with experts from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). With 60% of employment in Africa in agriculture, "that's an awful lot of people who are going to suffer and not eat because of the crisis and ongoing effects," Elba said.

Farmers to access 81,000MT of seeds.

Farmers to access 81,000MT of seeds.The Federal Government has said about 81,000 metric tonnes of seeds are ready for deployment to farmers for the planting season. Director-General, National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Ojo, who made this known during a virtual press conference, noted that the seeds would ensure that agricultural activities were not disrupted as a result of the lockdown imposed across the country. According to him, “The Council will ensure subsidies only to be applicable to seed purchased from NASC approved seed companies and producers, and provide certification officers and seed companies with movement tags or permits”.

National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC Advocates Seed-Palliatives for Farmers .

National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC Advocates Seed-Palliatives for Farmers.The Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Ojo, has urged both the federal and state governments to consider providing seeds as palliatives to farmers amidst the devastating impact of COVID-19 in the country. He also said the seed industry currently has about 81,000 metric tons of certified seeds of rice, maize, sorghum, soyabean, cowpea, millet, groundnut, wheat, sesame and potato that are ready for deployment and purchase by farmers for the production of food and raw materials for Nigerians during the current planting season.

Dogs sniff out coronavirus ‘far better than machines or tests’.

Research teams around the world are taking advantage of dogs’ remarkable sense of smell to train them to detect the presence of the coronavirus. At the University of Helsinki, researchers believe that the sniffer dogs K√∂ssi and Lucky may prove to be faster and more accurate detectors of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, than any other currently available method. Using urine samples collected from patients across Finland, the research team has trained the dogs to differentiate between positive and negative samples. More encouragingly, the dogs also appear to be able to detect the presence of COVID-19 before patients display any signs of illness.