March 29, 2017
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

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

070 – Pears; Speeding Tree Production

February 18, 2017 0

Pears are favorite tree fruits, yet they are limited in varieties and availability.  Dr. Amit Dhingra from Washington State University explains the roots of pear domestication, its improvement, and why we see so few varieties. […]

Agriculture

069 – Fighting Plant Viruses with RNA – and Clay!

February 11, 2017 1

   There are no compounds that can be sprayed to fight plant viruses, so plant protection requires managing the insects that spread them.  This means use of insecticides that cost money and have potential impacts, […]

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 […]

Agriculture

057 Corn Origins and Domestication

November 12, 2016 1

Corn. It ultimately has a role in so much of what we eat.  From a sweet corn cob on the 4th of July, to the calories that made the steak possible, to fuel in our […]

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

052 — 17 Questions About Glyphosate

September 24, 2016 5

  Talking Biotech #52 visits with Iida Ruishalme, cell biologist, author and blogger.  Iida is a trained scientist that writes the blog Thoughtscapism.  Recently she published a comprehensive assessment of the frequently-asked questions regarding the […]

Agriculture

051 Weed Killer in Vaccines?

September 17, 2016 12

Today’s episode is born of frustration.  Fear-mongering non-experts are abusing improper interpretations from an available herbicide detection kit to make claims that herbicides are now found in vaccines.  Namely, they seek to find glyphosate, the […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Agriculture

036 Citrus Domestication, Breeding & Challenges

May 14, 2016 0

“Citrus” is a term applied to a variety of popular and nutritious fruits, including oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes.  Citrus breeders are tasked with improving the varieties, which takes decades.  Still, great progress has been […]

Agriculture

034 Strawberry History and Improvement; Favorite Sites

April 29, 2016 1

Strawberry is a popular fruit with tremendous commercial value, and while everyone loves a good strawberry, are they actually getting better? This week’s podcast talks to Dr. Jim Hancock, strawberry breeder from Michigan State University. […]

Agriculture

033 A Weed Solves a Crisis

April 23, 2016 0

Could the lowly dandelion solve a crisis?  If Key Gene CEO Dr. Arjen van Tunen and associates are correct, this yard pest may be the basis of sustainable and highly profitable rubber production.  A growing […]

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

031 Coffee Origins, Breeding and Challenges

April 8, 2016 2

   When we think of the plants that are important to us, we might think right past the magical shrub that gives us coffee berries.  Coffee underpins major economies in the world, has an interesting […]

Agriculture

030 Glyphosate in Breast Milk and Wine?

April 3, 2016 4

Recent unpublished reports are popping up on the internet that suggest that the herbicide glyphosate is showing up at dangerous levels in a variety of places.  These range from breast milk, to beer, to wine, […]

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

027 Cherry Domestication and Breeding, Herbicide Beer?

March 12, 2016 0

Cherries are a perennial favorite fruit.  However, they are a tree, so their genetic improvement is slow.  Episode 27 features Dr. Amy Iezzoni, as she discusses cherry genetic origins and efforts to improve cherry through […]

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

024 Biotech & Tomato Breeding – Social Media on the Farm

February 20, 2016 4

Improving plants with biotechnology is not just genetic engineering, it is using tools of molecular biology and genomics to guide traditional breeding strategies.  In this episode Dr. Harry Klee from the University of Florida discusses […]

Agriculture

018 Insecticides, Herbicides, Organic and Conventional Ag

September 26, 2015 1

The topic of “pesticides” is the new frontier in the opposition to agricultural biotechnology.  Opponents of the technology blame new genetic improvement methods for perceived increases in chemical controls for plant, animal and fungal pests. […]

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 […]

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