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November 24, 2017
Animals

098 – Domestication and Radiation of Cats

September 2, 2017 0

Modern cats are a lot like their wild counterparts, with specific traits that were gained through domestication.  Prof. Eva-Maria Geigl is a paleo-geneticist who examines ancient DNA sequences from mummified cat remains, and has reconstructed […]

Agriculture

089 – de novo Domestication

July 1, 2017 0

Domestication Dr. Lazaro Peres    De novo domestication also has the potential to expand genetic diversity in crops, potentially conferring additional roles in food security.   Like the podcast?  Please subscribe and write a review!  Stitcher […]

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. […]

Animals

062 DNA Evidence and Dog Domestication

December 17, 2016 0

  Experts agree that dogs have evolved from the gray wolf, but after that there are many questions and debates about how and why they became our prized companions.  Prof. Greger Larson applies the lessons […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]