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Talking Biotech: University of Southampton’s Mark Chapman on eggplant’s evolution, benefits of GMO variety

, | October 3, 2016
Kevin Folta: University of Florida plant geneticist Kevin Folta launched Talking Biotech in 2015.    More details

The eggplant (brinjal, aubergine) is a curious fruit in western nations but is an important staple for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Today’s podcast discusses the eggplant with Mark Chapman from the University of Southampton in the UK. Chapman has examined the domestication and evolution of the eggplant, discussing its natural variability and the use of molecular tools to study relatedness between the diverse land races.

The second part of the podcast shares Indra Vasil’s remembrances of Norman Borlaug.

Also, Chelsea Boonstra and The Boonstra Report returns, talking about leaf rust a fungal disease attacking wheat, rye and barley. Follow her on Twitter at @Forevrfarmgirl

Related article:  Talking Biotech: The story of a vitamin-infused sweet potato that helped cut Africa's infant mortality 25 percent

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