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September 25, 2017
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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

006 Misrepresenting Real Science; Carrots- Past and Future

July 4, 2015 8

  Several trends are present in the anti-ag-biotech literature.  First, many papers are poorly done, present opinion without data, or overstep the data accumulated. These papers appear in low-impact journals, oftentimes without peer review, and […]

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 […]