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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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Episodes

152 – Vanilla Uses, Diversity and Improvement

9/22/2018
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There is a vanilla crisis. The familiar flavor agent is a mixture of chemicals from an orchid- and there’s not enough being produced to satisfy demand. But Dr. Alan Chambers knows that crisis and opportunity [...]

Duration:00:29:27

151 – Effectiviolgy – Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills

9/15/2018
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In framing effective discussions about any subject it is important to understand human psychology, and the mistakes we make in debate. It also is important to understand how ingrained human tendencies shape our perceptions and [...]

Duration:00:38:17

150 – Glyphosate Trends in Agriculture

9/8/2018
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The herbicide glyphosate has been in use for over 40 years. It is non-selective (kills all plants), it is inexpensive and has extremely low toxicity. These attributes made it an important tool for municipalities, farmers, [...]

Duration:00:33:58

149 – Transparency vs. Confidentiality

9/1/2018
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This last week podcast host Kevin Folta found himself in a difficult predicament. There was palpable outrage by those affiliated with a science website where he participated in some of their activities. Turns out that [...]

Duration:00:34:45

148 – Malaria, Artemisia and Artemisinin

8/25/2018
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Malaria is a tremendous world health problem, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the developing (and industrialized) world. One of the most effective therapies is derived from a natural compound produced [...]

Duration:00:41:17

147 – Chicken Domestication

8/18/2018
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The chicken is by far the most abundant animal farmed on earth, grown for meat and eggs. But where did it come from? What kinds of birds were domesticated? When? Where? What were the traits [...]

Duration:00:38:48

146 – Plant Disease Networks

8/11/2018
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Plant disease resistance is a complicated arms race between the plant and pathogens. Bacteria, viruses and fungi evolve in lock-step with plants, creating new ways to overcome new disease resistance strategies. Resistance to disease has [...]

Duration:00:36:24

145 – Psychology, Consumers and Decisions

8/4/2018
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Dr. David Just studies human behavior and how psychology ties in with economic decisions. His work at Cornell examines the interesting overlays that cause consumers to behave how they do. In this podcast we examine [...]

Duration:00:37:40

144 – Aflatoxin, Problems and Solutions

7/28/2018
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Alfatoxins are a significant threat to human health and world food security. They are naturally-occurring toxic compounds produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus and other species. These fungi thrive on corn, peanuts, wheat, rice and [...]

Duration:01:02:14

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