May 26, 2017
Agriculture

082 – GE Crop Regulation in Uruguay

May 13, 2017 0

Uruguay is a major producer of soy and corn from genetically engineered seeds, with over 2.5 million acres in production.  Dr. Paul Vincelli talks about the regulatory framework in Uruguay with Dr. Alejandra Ferenczi, Head […]

Agriculture

81 – Potatoes; Past, Present and Future

May 7, 2017 0

In the industrialized world the potato is defined as one of a few varieties of tuber crops.  But there is tremendous diversity available to be exploited, and potato breeders are folding that into modern germplasm […]

Agriculture

80 – Sweet Potato, Nature’s GMO

April 29, 2017 0

The sweet potato has special seasonal or fast-food application in the industrialized world, but in many parts of the world it is an important part of the daily diet.  The sweet potato is botanically distinct […]

Communication

079 – Technology and Society

April 22, 2017 0

The issues of biotechnology benefit from examination from social scientists.  There are scientists that help define the social reaction to science and the way that scientists need to communicate issues in technology.  Dr. Matthew Harsh is […]

Genetic Engineering

077 — Cancer Immunotherapy

April 8, 2017 4

The newest and most promising therapies for challenging cancers are adopting molecular-biology strategies.  Brain tumors are especially problematic because of their location impedes patient function and presents formidable barriers to surgical treatments.  But new molecular […]

Agriculture

076 – Transgene Flow

April 1, 2017 0

This week’s podcast is an important discussion, a cautionary tale of what can happen when genetically-engineered crops are introduced to the environment.  Circumstances may lead to release of the transgene into sexually compatible wild plants, […]

Agriculture

074 – Decreased Fungal Food Toxins with RNAi

March 19, 2017 0

Aflatoxins are trace compounds produced by certain fungi, and represent a legitimate food safety risk.  These fungi grow on corn, peanuts and other crops, especially in warm, humid areas that lack fungal control measures.  They have […]

Agriculture

073 – Agriculture, Butterflies and Bees

March 11, 2017 0

  The effects of farm insect controls on butterflies and bees are important to understand.  Dr. Ric Bessin is an Extension Professor from the University of Kentucky is an entomologist that has studied this relationship. […]

Agriculture

072 – Your Questions Answered

March 4, 2017 7

We get lots of comments that the favorite episodes are when Kevin Folta answers your questions about food, farming, and genetic engineering.  Not to disappoint, this entire episode is dedicated to your questions. Except for […]

Agriculture

067 – The National Academies Report on Genetic Engineering

January 28, 2017 0

The National Academies of Science is one of the most respected scientific organizations on the planet, composed of well-established scientists and other scholars that perform important functions in vetting scientific claims and steering scientific agendas […]

Genetic Engineering

066 – Adjusting Plant Defenses to New Pathogens

January 21, 2017 0

  Following on last week’s episode, plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease. They are part of an evolutionary arms race between plants and pathogens. […]

Agriculture

065 — Plant R Genes and their Applications

January 14, 2017 0

Plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease.  Plants and pathogens exist in an evolutionary arms race, each developing new means to attack or defend against the […]

Agriculture

061 Terminator Genes! and High School Biotech Outlook

December 10, 2016 0

Discussion of biotechnology risks and benefits frequently cites “terminator genes” as a reason to oppose the technology. The fear is that these plants contain genetic information that can release widespread plant sterility, leading to the […]

Agriculture

059 Engineering Efficiency in Photosynthesis

November 26, 2016 0

Increasing efficiency in photosynthesis has been one of the desired goals of plant biology.  A recent paper in the journal Science presents work by a team led by Dr. Stephen Long from the University of Illinois/University […]

Communication

056 Teaching Biotech with Journey of a Gene

November 5, 2016 0

 The processes of biotechnology can be a bit of a black box, and that does not help further its understanding or acceptance.  Journey of the Gene is an interactive, multimedia resource that can aid in […]

Agriculture

054 Peanuts; Talking to Family about GMO

October 8, 2016 2

The peanut is a valuable crop for American farmers and is extensively cultivated worldwide.  It is an important source of protein and healthy oils.  At the same time the public is concerned about peanut allergies and […]

Agriculture

050 How to Make a Plant from a Single Cell

September 10, 2016 2

  One of the most important steps in genetic engineering a plant is the process of regenerating an entire new plant from a single cell that contains the new genetic instructions.  The process is as […]

Agriculture

048 Eggplants, Brinjals and Aubergines

August 27, 2016 4

One of the amazing success stories of genetic engineering is the eggplant, known as the “brinjal” in Asia and the “aubergine” in Europe.  In the west it is occasional table fare, yet in many parts […]

Agriculture

047 Genetic Engineering, Extension and Communication

August 20, 2016 0

Those of you that follow social media know Dr. Paul Vincelli.  He’s a visible contributor to the discussion on genetic engineering, but also ventures into discussion of climate change.  So how do scientists learn to […]

Agriculture

045 Viral Threats to Coffee

August 6, 2016 0

Talking Biotech #45 discusses the viral threats to coffee.  We’re joined by Dr. Michael Goodin, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology from the University of Kentucky.   Coffee viruses are important threats to sustainable production.  They […]

Agriculture

044 Indian Farmers Suicides 2, Your Questions

July 30, 2016 3

Talking Biotech Podcast #44 continues Kavin Senapathy’s interview with Dr. Ronald Herring.  Dr. Herring is a Professor of Government and International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. Dr. Herring is a social scientist […]

Agriculture

043 Indian Farmer Suicides

July 23, 2016 1

  In discussion of genetically engineered crops  there is frequent reference to farmer suicides in India.  Claims are made that Indian farmers build massive debt for cotton seeds, they become beholden to Monsanto for the […]

Communication

042 The National Academies Report Summary

July 16, 2016 5

The Seralini Rats make an appearance a the NAS Report Summary. A report on Genetically Engineered Crops was commissioned by the National Academies of Science, and a committee was convened to review the current literature. […]

Agriculture

041 Innovations to Fight Citrus Disease

June 18, 2016 0

If there was anyone that could be dubbed a science wizard, it might be Dr. Jude Grosser.  Dr. Grosser has made a career of edgy innovation, creating new solutions that define the forefront of genetic […]

Agriculture

040 Genetic Engineering Forests

June 11, 2016 0

Dr. Steve Strauss is a Distinguished Professor of Forestry at Oregon State University.  He has been at the forefront of forest biology and genetic engineering of trees, contributing greatly to the understanding of fundamental tree […]

Agriculture

039 What a Plant Knows

June 4, 2016 1

  It is so wonderful to share the time with Prof. Danny Chamovitz.  He’s an accomplished researcher, a successful Dean, and leader in Israel’s agricultural research enterprise.  He discusses his book, What a Plant Knows […]

Food

038 GMO Cheese; Nat’l Academies Review

May 28, 2016 4

Chipotle proudly serves it.  The Vermont GMO labeling rules exempt it. Still 95% of cheese is manufactured from enzymes created through recombinant DNA technology. These GMO-derived enzymes are tremendously beneficial to the process.  Young cow […]

Agriculture

037 Gene Editing Virus Resistant Pigs

May 21, 2016 1

The African Swine Fever Virus is a devastating pathogen that leads to fatal disease in domesticated swine.  Scientists at the Roslin Institute led by Prof. Bruce Whitelaw have made an important advance for domestic pig […]

Agriculture

032 In Search of Celiac-Safe Wheat

April 16, 2016 0

Dietary reactions to wheat are on the rise, and science is grasping for answers.  One approach to work around the genetic basis of the reaction, and that is well understood.  With that information, scientists like Dr. […]

Agriculture

029 Banana Disease and GE Solutions

March 26, 2016 0

  Dr. Leena Tripathi is a leader in banana biotechnology, working at IITA in Nairobi, Kenya.  She has been publishing prolifically on a number of solutions for banana disease resistance using genetic engineering.  In this […]

Agriculture

028 All About Bt!

March 19, 2016 1

If you tell a stranger that something called “delta endotoxin” is as close as it gets to a miracle, they’d likely respond in one of two ways.  They’d either want you to seek counseling, or find out […]

Agriculture

025 — Beautiful GMOs and the Not-So-Dirty Dozen

February 26, 2016 1

In today’s Talking Biotech Podcast the first guest is Keira Havens.   She’s the CEO of Revolution Bio, a company turned non-profit that is interested in using the power of plants to introduce the public […]

Agriculture

008 Sustainable Salmon; All ‘Bout Bananas

July 17, 2015 7

Salmon is an outstanding food for protein, and undeniably great table fare. The AquaBounty company has produced the AquaAdvantage salmon, a fish that grows to production size in less time. This means the same amount […]

Agriculture

007 Stopping Avian Flu Spread; Potato Origins

July 11, 2015 1

This episode of Talking Biotech features stories of genetically engineered chickens that do not spread the avian influenza virus. This year over 45 million birds have died or have been euthanized because of illness from […]

Agriculture

004 Non Browning Apples; the Story of Cotton

June 27, 2015 0

This week’s podcast features an interview with Neal Carter from Okanagan Specialty Fruits.  His biotech megacorporation of eight employees has developed the Arctic Apple, a product where a gene central to the browning reaction has […]

Agriculture

002 Engineering Hornless Cows; Blueberry Origins

June 14, 2015 1

  This episode of Talking Biotech features Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam from the University of California at Davis.  She is a Cooperative Extension Specialist working in genetic improvement of cattle.  Dr. Van Eenennaam discusses the […]

Communication

001 Introduction, and Sleuth4Health Julee K

June 13, 2015 10

This pilot episode is an introduction to the talking biotech podcast.  Special Guest, Sleuth4Health Julee K.  Julee’s blog was well recognized for its anti-GMO sentiment.  However, after time she made gradual realizations that led her […]