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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

168 – Help Researchers Save Threatened Forests

1/11/2019
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Our forests are critical to ecology. They sequester carbon from human activity, and serve as great resources for renewable building materials, fuels and recreation. However, our forests are threatened like never before. Rapidly changing climates, [...]

Duration:00:29:49

167 – Engineering Indoor Air Cleaning Plants

1/5/2019
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Indoor air is filled with hazardous trace compounds that arise from flooring, furniture, and even showering. While they pose a minor risk, they are present, and more so in our energy efficient homes. Dr. Stuart [...]

Duration:00:23:48

166 – Two Critical Updates – Brinjals and Chestnuts

12/29/2018
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This week’s podcast features and update on two critical technologies– the Bt Brinjal (eggplant) in Bangladesh and the blight resistant American Chestnut. Both of these were covered in earlier episodes, and an update on their [...]

Duration:00:32:50

165 – Evolution of Weed Resistance

12/22/2018
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Weed resistance is a complex problem with incredible ramifications for agricultural production. It also provides an outstanding opportunity to examine how resistance happens– is it continual development of new mutations, new mutations in the same [...]

Duration:00:22:27

164 – Brockovich’s Deceptive Guardian Article

12/15/2018
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On December 6, 2018 environmental advocate Erin Brockovich published a high-profile opinion piece in The Guardian. The piece was laced with scientific inaccuracies and inflammatory rhetoric about glyphosate, indicating in no uncertain terms that it [...]

Duration:00:16:24

163 – Biotechnology Outreach and Extension

12/8/2018
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Dr. Thomas Zinnen has worked with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service for almost three decades. His principal job has been sharing information about technology with the state through creative programs and activities. He [...]

Duration:00:50:14

162 – Thoughtful Questions from a Listener

12/1/2018
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Gary Nolan works in marketing, but enjoys science podcasts, including Talking Biotech. He also frequently blogs about politics, social trends, and science. He finds that he still wrestles with some of the concepts around genetic [...]

Duration:01:34:37

161 – Careers in Plant Breeding

11/24/2018
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Plant breeding is an important discipline, and the foundation of plant genetic improvements. While modern techniques like gene editing sometimes steal the spotlight, the foundational varieties must have outstanding performance before such amendments are remotely [...]

Duration:00:32:17

160 – Conflict of Interest

11/17/2018
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The term “Conflict of Interest” is thrown around a lot these days, mostly to sully reputations or cast doubt on quality research. That perception of what a conflict of interest is, is quite different than [...]

Duration:00:34:16

159 – Supporting Farmers, Fighting “Non-GMO”

11/10/2018
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They are farmers. They also own A&C Liquid Assets, a liquor store in Hoxie, Kansas. Allison and Cole Nondorf saw the Smirnoff commercial where they proudly proclaim that they reject “GMO” seed technology, the same [...]

Duration:00:14:38

158 – A Look Into the Future of Technology

11/3/2018
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The future gets closer every day, and many argue that technology will radically change the world for the better in the next 20 years– if we have the courage to let it. Matt Ward is [...]

Duration:00:45:04

157 – Solving the Animal Feed Problem

10/27/2018
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What do we use to feed our food? From cattle to fish, livestock require substantial inputs to thrive, and a substantial part of that is their feed. This has measurable impacts from the environment to [...]

Duration:00:33:04

156 – Mango Domestication and Diversity

10/20/2018
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The mango is an incredibly important fruit worldwide, yet little is known about its precise origins or domestication. Today’s podcast explores this important fruit with Dr. Emily Warschefsky, who studied this fruit during her doctoral [...]

Duration:00:35:15

155 – Listener Questions; LaCroix Water Lawsuit

10/13/2018
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Today’s episode is where Kevin Folta answers common questions from listeners. In the second half, we discuss the recent lawsuit against LaCroix and the alleged insecticides used as ingredients. Like the podcast? Please subscribe and [...]

Duration:00:44:25

154 – Nitrogen Fixing and Corn

10/6/2018
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Nitrogen is required for plant growth, and is a significant input in terms of cost and environmental impact. While plants are literally surrounded by nitrogen, it is present in the atmosphere in an unusable form. [...]

Duration:00:35:50

153 – Thalidomide- Molecular Mechanism of Action

9/29/2018
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The drug thalidomide was developed with tremendous promise in managing a variety of disorders, such as anxiety and morning sickness. However, a few years after its common use it became linked to a suite of [...]

Duration:00:25:58

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