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Talking Biotech: Genetics breed more flavorful tomatoes; Farmers leverage social media

, | February 21, 2016
Kevin Folta: University of Florida plant geneticist Kevin Folta launched Talking Biotech in 2015.    More details

Improving plants with biotechnology is not just genetic engineering, it is using tools of molecular biology and genomics to guide traditional breeding strategies. In this episode Harry Klee from the University of Florida discusses how the Plant Innovation Center utilizes such strategies to breed tomatoes with superior flavors, including the Garden Gem tomato with 10 percent sugar content..

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In part two, University of Manitoba student Chelsea Boonstra discusses how a classroom assignment turned into a social media sensation, and became the public face of her family’s dairy operation. We discuss the role of the farmer as a trusted source of agricultural information, and the importance of telling stories using online media. Chelsea’s Boonstra Farms Video on YouTube

Related article:  Talking Biotech: University of Georgia's Peggy Ozias-Akins on genetically engineering peanuts to fight aflatoxin, allergies

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