Plantopia

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Robotics Revolution: Part 2

    December 14th, 2020  |  23 mins 46 secs

    Phytopatholobot & scouting from space

  • Robotics Revolution: Part 1

    November 30th, 2020  |  36 mins 57 secs

    A quiet revolution is underway in agriculture.

  • Cranberries

    November 16th, 2020  |  25 mins 26 secs

    Where do they come from? Are they really grown in water? Which pathogens are vying to ruin your Thanksgiving dinner? What challenges do cranberry growers face and what exactly is Ocean Spray?

  • Resist!

    November 2nd, 2020  |  36 mins 12 secs

    Microscopic battlefields, how plants resist pathogens, and how far we’ve come in understanding the strategies employed by both sides in this conflict.

  • For the Greater Good...of Wine

    October 19th, 2020  |  27 mins 44 secs

    From education on the dangers of "suitcase" plant material, to creating islands of habitat for beneficial insects, to the collective agreement on a set of rules by which crops can be produced in a more sustainable fashion; it all works better when we look out for each other.

  • A Distinct Amount of Human Suffering

    October 5th, 2020  |  32 mins 41 secs

    If you thought that human misery due to plant diseases was only from our distant past, that our technology has placed us beyond the reach of plague and famine, then you have not kept up to date on Phytopthora infestans.

  • The Future Looks Bright

    September 21st, 2020  |  31 mins 24 secs

    We turn to photobiology for answers on how to produce healthier crops.

  • What Can Plants Teach Us About Pandemics?

    September 7th, 2020  |  38 mins 4 secs

    Tracking, testing, and stopping viruses that would otherwise wreak havoc within a population is the everyday work for some plant pathologists.

  • The Wonderful World of Worms

    August 24th, 2020  |  21 mins 15 secs

    Charles Darwin was fascinated by them. You should be too.

  • The Adventures of Sooty Blotch & Flyspeck

    August 10th, 2020  |  32 mins 8 secs

    What's up with all those tiny spots on your apples?

  • 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.