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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

117 – Haskap Berries; A Lifetime in Plant Breeding

1/12/2018
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Dr. Maxine Thompson is a trailblazer. With her education and profound interest in plant breeding, she defied a male-dominated establishment and became a plant breeder at a major university. She would establish a decades-long career [...]

Duration: 00:32:56


116 – Early Plant Transformation; All Creatures Podcast

1/6/2018
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Dr. Ray Shillito is a scientist that spent the early part of his career in plant transformation, attempting novel approaches in the early 1980’s. It was a time of rapid development of new techniques, and [...]

Duration: 00:43:07


115 – 2017 Review, 2018 Directions

12/29/2017
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In 2017 we recorded 53 new episodes, including guest hosts and a great range of outstanding guests. 2018 has some interesting new edges. Kevin and Paul talk about the year in review, and the plans [...]

Duration: 01:00:20


114 – Control of Aflatoxin in Groundnut

12/22/2017
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Groundnut, or peanut, is a major food staple and excellent protein source in many parts of the world. However, since the nut itself develops in soil, it is prone to fungal infection with Aspergillus flavus, [...]

Duration: 00:24:58


113 – The Tragic Story of Nikolai Vavilov / Science Moms Documentary

12/15/2017
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Nikolai Vavilov was a Russian scientist in the early 1900’s. He was known for his characterization of plants, understanding crop domestication, and the centers of origin for many species. He traveled the world with [...]

Duration: 00:42:52


112.5 – BONUS TRACK: Dicamba Situation

12/9/2017
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Podcast 112 was a discussion of the dicamba situation. Since that episode was recorded I attended a conference from the North Central Weed Science Society in St. Louis, and heard more information first hand. I [...]

Duration: 00:25:41


112 – The Dicamba Situation

12/5/2017
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Over the last two years we have heard reports of herbicide damage to Midwestern crops, bearing the signatures of damage from dicamba. Dicamba is an older herbicide, an auxin analog that mimics a plant hormone [...]

Duration: 00:33:16


111 – Seed Company Consolidation

12/1/2017
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Over the last century there was an incredible rise in the number of seed companies, driven primarily by the profitability of hybrid seeds in regional markets. After the 1980’s, there has been great consolidation in [...]

Duration: 00:49:38


110 – Gene Therapies in Pets

11/24/2017
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The promises of gene therapy have been slow to reach the public for many reasons. Technologies conceived in the 1980’s had a substantial regulatory and proof-of-concept road ahead of them, leading to slow development and [...]

Duration: 00:37:07


109 – Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Africa

11/18/2017
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In this week’s podcast Dr. Jonnny Dalzell guest hosts from Tanzania. He visits with scientists from IITA that are helping devise solutions to nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic soil worms that are difficult to control and [...]

Duration: 00:38:17


108 – Gene Editing with TALEN

11/10/2017
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Gene editing has been the center of attention, affecting everything from plants, to mushrooms, to livestock, to human medicine. However, when we discuss gene editing we typically describe the CRISPR Cas9 system. Such tools have [...]

Duration: 00:31:47


107 – Biotechnology in Bolivia

11/3/2017
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Bolivia shares farming similarities with other South American countries. They have diverse land races and native crops that they wish to preserve. At the same time some wish to take advantage of modern genetic tools. [...]

Duration: 00:46:45


106 – Food Security, Biotech, NGOs and Africa

10/28/2017
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In today’s podcast we speak with science journalist and author Mark Lynas. Mark has been a central figure in the discussion of biotechnology, particularly in regard to its role in ensuring food security in [...]

Duration: 00:42:40


104 – Postharvest Solutions in Food Security

10/13/2017
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Simple solutions can sometimes have tremendous impacts. In this episode Bret Rierson from the World Food Programme discusses a solution to enhancing food security in Africa and around the world. Most African farmers are small [...]

Duration: 00:25:17


103 – RNAi Crop Protection Strategies

10/6/2017
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The evolution of weed and insect resistance to traditional controls has brought about the need for new approaches in crop protection. Today’s guest is Dr. Doug Sammons (@wiltedweeds) is a biochemist from the Monsanto Company. [...]

Duration: 00:29:46


102 – Restoring the American Chestnut

9/29/2017
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The American Chestnut dominated the Appalachian landscape, ranging from Georgia all the way to Maine. In the late 1800’s a pathogen imported on a tree to the Bronx Zoo spread rapidly into wild populations, destroying [...]

Duration: 00:36:49


101 – Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moth

9/23/2017
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The diamonback moth is a formidable agricultural pest, causing tremendous losses on farms and requiring significant cultural and chemical-based management on both conventional and organic farms. Dr. Tony Shelton has studied the diamonback moth for [...]

Duration: 00:44:10


100 – Kevin Folta’s Research and SciComm

9/15/2017
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Any podcast’s 100th episode is reason to celebrate. In Talking Biotech’s 100th episode Chris Barbey interviews its originator, Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. They [...]

Duration: 01:08:52


099 – Glyphosate and Human Health

9/9/2017
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The herbicide glyphosate has been used for over 40 years and is a relatively safe and effective method to control weeds on the farm, in municipal areas and around the home. It has been approved [...]

Duration: 00:34:54


098 – Domestication and Radiation of Cats

9/2/2017
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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 [...]

Duration: 00:34:59

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