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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

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


097 – Environmental and Economic Impacts of Biotech Crops

8/26/2017
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The annual report by agricultural economists Brookes and Barfoot is a helpful resource to understand the impacts of agricultural biotechnology. The peer-reviewed report is dense, and contains substantial information about crop use, yields, production [...]

Duration: 00:46:26


096 – Biotech Regulatory Affairs

8/19/2017
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Regulation of new technology in food crops is important for many reasons. It is critical to ensure safety, but a robust regulatory system also shapes consumer sentiment. Today’s guest is Dr. Robert Potter. Dr. Potter [...]

Duration: 00:39:45


095 – Imaging Animal Behavior / Targeted for Your Science

8/12/2017
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Understanding animal stress is important for many reasons. If we know how the animal brain responds to change it helps us understand habitat destruction and climate effects on population dynamics, and can provide important information [...]

Duration: 01:11:08


094 – Bioactive Small RNAs (and the cool paper that wasn’t)

8/4/2017
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Back in 2012 a paper rocked the scientific community. The claim was that small RNA molecules in dietary plant products could escape digestion, move through the bloodstream, and cause regulatory changes in animal physiology. The [...]

Duration: 00:40:52


093 – Ben and Jerry’s Roundup

7/29/2017
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A story exploded in the New York Times claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a potent herbicide, was detected in 10/11 flavors of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The anti-biotech universe propagated the [...]

Duration: 00:45:21


092 – Abiotic Stress Resistance in Soybean/Regulation Consequences

7/22/2017
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Dr. Sabina Vidal is a professor at the National Republic University in Uruguay. Her lab is interested in the genetic improvement of soybean, especially in response to abiotic stress. This episode talks about her journey, [...]

Duration: 00:39:57


091 – Early Molecular Biology / Nobel Laureates’ Social Mobilization

7/15/2017
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Today’s genomics explosion has foundations in seminal discoveries in molecular biology almost 50 years ago. Today’s guest, Sir Richard Roberts, was a pivotal figure in a number of these areas. He was awarded the Nobel [...]

Duration: 00:39:31


090 – Collateral Neonic Impacts

7/8/2017
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Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a class of insecticides based on natural plant compounds that disrupt the insect nervous system. They are used because they have relatively low toxicity on non-insects. They are applied as seed coatings, [...]

Duration: 00:43:09


089 – de novo Domestication

7/1/2017
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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 [...]

Duration: 00:41:36


088 — Food Evolution, the Movie

6/20/2017
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The representation of crop biotechnology in film has been an asymmetrical assault on science and reason. Food Evolution breaks that trend. The film tells several stories of biotech applications, where “GMO” crops are the centers [...]

Duration: 01:10:24


087 – Glyphosate Risk and the IARC Decision

6/17/2017
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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, has been used as a non-selective (kills all plants) herbicide since 1970. It blocks a necessary step in plant metabolism and the plant dies, yet it has [...]

Duration: 00:26:35


085 – Biotech, Forest Restoration and Conservation

6/3/2017
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Forests are under many threats, from new pests and pathogens, to invasive trees, to climate. The advancement of these traits by far exceeds the natural response of trees to acclimate, and outpaces the efforts to [...]

Duration: 00:40:50


084 – Crop Genetic Engineering- History and Outlook

5/27/2017
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While the technologies of genetic engineering are quite commonplace, it was not always the case. The scientists that blazed the trail hold tremendous history, and it is good to visit with them to understand where [...]

Duration: 00:46:37

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