Plantopia

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

10 episodes of Plantopia since the first episode, which aired on April 9th, 2020.

  • The Rodney Dangerfield of the Microbial World

    July 27th, 2020  |  30 mins 51 secs

    They are social and devious. They are far more complex, sophisticated, and organized than you might ever imagine.

  • The Definition of Insanity

    July 13th, 2020  |  31 mins

    Introduction, spread, destruction...repeat.

  • Seeds!

    June 29th, 2020  |  31 mins 2 secs

    Just about every plant we want to grow comes from a seed, but where do all of those seeds come from?

  • Willie Nelson's Bag of Spinach

    June 15th, 2020  |  35 mins 28 secs

    Fresh produce tastes great and is part of a healthy diet, but we all have a part to play in the war against microbial hitchhikers...even Willie.

  • Editing Plant Genes

    June 1st, 2020  |  24 mins 11 secs

    How revolutionary methods can be used to disarm some of the most destructive pathogens that imperil the world's food supply.

  • Antibiotics, Soil Microbiome, and Biological Control

    May 18th, 2020  |  29 mins 9 secs

    Your backyard is full of antibiotics. What they're there doing might surprise you.

  • Ants as Farmers

    May 4th, 2020  |  30 mins 41 secs

    They’ve been farming for a lot longer than we have, and they are really good at it.

  • Arms Race Part 2: AI + Cassava

    April 27th, 2020  |  27 mins 50 secs

    There's a farmer walking around in a developing country applying a convolutional neural network to make decisions.

  • The New American Chestnut

    April 20th, 2020  |  28 mins 57 secs

    This is the story of the demise of the American Chestnut and how we are poised, after a century of waiting, to see its return.

  • Arms Race Part 1: Ug99

    April 9th, 2020  |  32 mins 13 secs

    The striking parallels between wheat rust and global human epidemics.