Plant health is your health

About the show

Healthy plants are the foundation for life on our planet. They produce the oxygen we breathe and over 80% of the food we eat. The Plantopia podcast series explains how protecting plant health can ensure a sustainable future. Inspired by the United Nations declaration of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, the American Phytopathological Society created Plantopia so you can explore the world of plant health in company with plant pathologists—people on a mission to protect plants and our food supply.

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  • 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.

  • 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.