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The Talking Biotech Podcast is a weekly podcast that provides science-based discussion on current topics. The discussion is led by Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor with training in these areas and familiarity with the scholarly literature. Guest will describe current issues in biotechnology, twitter-based questions are answered, and there is a segment dedicated to plant genetic improvement from domestication through today's breeding efforts. The podcast is geared to anyone wishing to know more about biotechnology, its risks and benefits, and how it can be used to help farmers, the needy, consumers and the environment.

The Talking Biotech Podcast is a weekly podcast that provides science-based discussion on current topics. The discussion is led by Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor with training in these areas and familiarity with the scholarly literature. Guest will describe current issues in biotechnology, twitter-based questions are answered, and there is a segment dedicated to plant genetic improvement from domestication through today's breeding efforts. The podcast is geared to anyone wishing to know more about biotechnology, its risks and benefits, and how it can be used to help farmers, the needy, consumers and the environment.
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The Talking Biotech Podcast is a weekly podcast that provides science-based discussion on current topics. The discussion is led by Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor with training in these areas and familiarity with the scholarly literature. Guest will describe current issues in biotechnology, twitter-based questions are answered, and there is a segment dedicated to plant genetic improvement from domestication through today's breeding efforts. The podcast is geared to anyone wishing to know more about biotechnology, its risks and benefits, and how it can be used to help farmers, the needy, consumers and the environment.

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English


Episodes

143 – The Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato in Africa

7/21/2018
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The 2016 World Food Prize went to a group that coordinated the breeding, promotion and distribution of the orange-fleshed sweet potato in Africa. One of person on the team was economist Dr. Jan Low. The [...]

Duration:00:36:10

142 – Barley Domestication and Breeding

7/14/2018
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Barley is an important grain, with prominent roles as the foundation of bread and beer. Dr. Sheila Adimargono shares the interesting stories around barley’s history, the traits that early domesticators found useful, and information about [...]

Duration:00:35:01

141 – Russia’s GMO Disinformation Campaign

7/7/2018
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When social scientists examined messaging in new media around GE crops, a few trends became apparent. Surprising evidence emerged that showed that the Russian Federation is actively participating in a campaign, here in the USA, [...]

Duration:00:48:22

140 – Seeds of Science

6/30/2018
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Mark Lynas believed in his heart that he was doing the right thing. He was joining others in tearing out field trials of GE crops, and effectively arrested research and development around crop biotechnology. He [...]

Duration:00:34:01

139 – Recognizing Dr. Rosalind Franklin

6/23/2018
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The race to determine the structure of DNA has a dark subtext that is frequently ignored when discussing this seminal discovery in biology. Competing groups at Cambridge and King’s College set their sights on resolving [...]

Duration:00:39:30

138 – Maize, Mexico, and Transgene Flow

6/16/2018
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Mexico is the center of origin for maize, and there is a substantial interest in protecting the genetic integrity of this limited resource. At the same time Mexico’s population is growing, and farmers potentially find [...]

Duration:00:49:15

137 – Modern Wheat and Celiac Disease

6/9/2018
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The internet claims that the increases in celiac disease is rooted in modern wheat varieties, as human intervention in plant genetics must be the cause of human disorders. But what does the evidence tell us? [...]

Duration:00:30:01

136 – Food Labeling

6/2/2018
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Are food labels adding clarity or confusion? Focus groups show that consumer sentiment toward food labels is changing. Colleen Parr-Dekker is the Director of Communications at Elanco. They have performed extensive focus group analysis and [...]

Duration:00:34:45

135 – Engineering Plant Virus Resistance

5/26/2018
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Dr. Devang Mehta has been working in virus suppression in cassava, a key food staple in the Developing world. In this week’s podcast he speaks about the RNAi and gene editing approaches that are used [...]

Duration:00:51:23

134 – Biotech, Farming and the Developing World

5/19/2018
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Those that live in the affluent countries of the West have little clue of the challenges of farming in the Developing World. In this special episode, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam (@biobeef) of the University of [...]

Duration:01:00:48

133 – An Extension Agronomist’s View of GE Crops

5/12/2018
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The Extension arm of the Land Grant University system provides a link between university research and the farm. Extension specialists are professional liaisons that understand pressing issues, and seek remedies in the brain trust of [...]

Duration:00:42:20

131 – Indian Suicides and Farmer Debt

5/5/2018
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The problem of farmer suicides in India is very real, and has been for some time. Suicides are driven by indebtedness, and there are many reasons that farmers find themselves in financially challenging times. In [...]

Duration:00:23:14

132 – Engineering Functional Foods for Human Health

4/28/2018
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Dr. Monica Schmidt from the University of Arizona has an interest in using technology to make foods that are better for people. Elimination of fungal toxins and enhanced production of key nutrients are two major [...]

Duration:00:30:43

130 – Transgenic Plants and Industrial Protein Production

4/21/2018
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Many important enzymes, industrial and therapeutic proteins are manufactured using transgenic plants. Plants offer many benefits to protein production over animal cells and microbes for many applications. In this episode Dr. Beth Hood from [...]

Duration:00:32:19

129 – Rice Domestication and Diversity

4/14/2018
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Rice is a world food staple with an incredible story. Dr. Susan McCouch from Cornell University has been studying rice genetics for decades, and directs efforts in rice education in conjunction with the International [...]

Duration:00:46:10

128 – Insect Gene Drives (Part 2)

4/7/2018
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Dr. Jennifer Kuzma received her training in biochemistry, and then later found herself working in social sciences. She is now the Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society program at North Carolina State University. Dr. [...]

Duration:00:53:19

127 – Insect Gene Drives (Part 1)

3/31/2018
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Gene drives are a powerful technology that may be used to control pests. The concepts key off of exploiting genetic vulnerabilities that are rapidly inherited, and cause populations to crash over a short time. Such [...]

Duration:00:47:10

126 – Pandora’s Picnic Basket; Talking to the Public

3/24/2018
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Over the long history of biotech crops and microorganisms Dr. Alan McHughen has been part of the conversation. His 2000 book Pandora’s Picnic Basket examined the promise and risk of biotech crops. Since then he [...]

Duration:00:58:38

125 – USAID, Political Stability and Food Security

3/16/2018
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Dr. Angela Records joins Chris Barbey to discuss the mission of USAID. USAID is committed to remedies in world food insecurity, with an emphasis on examining current opportunities and meshing new technology and crop biology [...]

Duration:00:17:23

124 – Why Sweet Corn is Sweet

3/8/2018
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When we think about corn, we usually think about sweet corn. It is a departure from its cousins that are grown on the vast majority of the acreage, the corn bred for use as animal [...]

Duration:00:44:16