Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Trash transformation: Here’s how researchers are turning plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Joanna Sadler, Kevin Folta | 
We have two major problems. Vanilla is mostly produced in a narrow set of unstable economies and the supply chains ...
Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

Podcast: Pig and cow organs for human transplant? From valves to tendons, xenotransplanted animal parts are common, but so is rejection due to alpha gal meat allergies. Gene-altered pigs could change that

John Bianchi, Kevin Folta | 
[A recent] episode covered Alpha Gal Syndrome, the tick-induced allergy to beef and pork.  The same immunological response could also ...
Podcast: Vaccines take years to develop? This one took 43 days

Podcast: Vaccines take years to develop? This one took 43 days

Catherine Elton, Kevin Folta | 
Most experts agree that the COVID19 pandemic will not end until a vaccine is available. But traditionally, vaccines take a decade ...
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Talking Biotech: The story of a vitamin-infused sweet potato that helped cut Africa’s infant mortality 25 percent

Jan Low, Kevin Folta | 
The 2016 World Food Prize went to a group that coordinated the breeding, promotion and distribution of the orange-fleshed sweet ...
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Talking Biotech: Mexico’s complicated relationship with GMO corn

Paul Vincelli, Sol Ortiz Garcia | 
Mexico is the center of origin for maize, and there is a substantial interest in protecting the genetic integrity of ...
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Talking Biotech: The genetic factors that makes sweet corn sweet

Curt Hannah, Kevin Folta | 
Geneticist Curt Hannah: Sweet corn was specifically discovered and selected because of its sweetness. But how does a kernel of ...
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Talking Biotech: How USAID uses GMO crops to improve food security around the world

Angela Records, Chris Barbey | 
USAID science advisor Angela Records: Disease-resistant GMO cassava, bananas show promise in improving food security in developing countries ...
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Talking Biotech: ‘Farm Babe’ Michelle Miller takes on critics of GMOs, modern farming

Kevin Folta, Michelle Miller | 
Writer Michelle Miller: The 'Food Babe' is critical of those who marginalize farmers and farming, and a powerful voice for ...
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Talking Biotech: Can Oxitec’s genetically engineered insects combat fall armyworm crop damage and famine in Africa?

Kevin Folta, Simon Warner | 
Oxitec's Simon Warner: Engineered male fall armyworms contain a gene that prevents female offspring from reaching adulthood, reducing wild pest ...
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Talking Biotech: Know Ideas Media gives scientists platform to discuss future of food and farming

Kevin Folta, Nick Saik | 
Canadian filmmaker Nick Saik is taking the 100+ hours of footage he recorded for his Know GMO documentary and turning ...
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Talking Biotech: 91-year-old geneticist Maxine Thompson aims to expand fruit diversity with new berry breeds

Kevin Folta, Maxine Thompson | 
Oregon State fruit breeder Maxine Thompson: A trailblazer in plant science, now retired from academia, she continues to work on ...
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Talking Biotech: Bayer geneticist Ray Shillito on communicating with the public about agricultural biotechnology, and more

Angie Adkin, Kevin Folta, Ray Shillito | 
Bayer plant scientist Ray Shillito: Educating the next generation of scientists about how to communicate with the public will help ...
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Talking Biotech’s best biotechnology science stories from 2017—and what to expect in 2018

Kevin Folta, Paul Vincelli | 
Talking Biotech hosts Kevin Folta and Paul Vincelli talk about their favorite stories from 2017, and what to look for ...
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Talking Biotech: How genetic engineering can reduce cancer-causing contaminants in peanuts

Dilip Shah, Kevin Folta | 
Plant pathologist Dilip Shah: GMO peanuts could help eliminate a potent threat to human health in the developing world ...
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Talking Biotech: Science Moms documentary explores how parents can navigate GMO and food disinformation on the web

Jules Janick, Kevin Folta, Natalie Newell | 
Filmmaker Natalie Newell: Despite the film being funded entirely by an online crowdfunding campaign, the Science Moms have been attacked ...
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Talking Biotech: Soil-worm resistant GMO crops in Africa hindered by politics, public fears

IITA scientists: GMOs could help fend off nematode crop pests in Africa, but educating policymakers and public about the benefits ...
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Talking Biotech: TALEN gene editing to make more nutritious food crops

Dan Voytas, Kevin Folta | 
Calyxt's Dan Voytas: Using TALEN gene editing to create soybeans with healthier oil, high fiber wheat and canola with lower ...
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Talking Biotech: Former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas on how resistance to crop biotechnology hurts small African farms

Kevin Folta, Mark Lynas | 
Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science: "Moral injustice" of NGOs preventing Africans from adopting GMO crops driven by "green ideology" ...
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Talking Biotech: Uganda farmer-scientist on benefits of GMO disease resistant bananas

Clet Masiga, Kevin Folta, Patricia Nanteza | 
Kevin Folta in Uganda interviews scientists and farmers about bananas resistant to crop disease and the likelihood of commercialization ...
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Talking Biotech: How Africa can move beyond subsistence farming

Bret Rierson, Kevin Folta | 
World Food Program's Bret Rierson: Inexpensive storage options could dramatically help developing world farmers manage, store and sell surplus crops, ...
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Talking Biotech: Is genetic engineering the best way to resuscitate the American chestnut from blight?

Jared Westbrook, Paul Vincelli | 
Plant biologist Jared Westbrook: 4 billion American chestnut trees have died because of blight in the 20th century. Now, there ...
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Talking Biotech: Kevin Folta on fruit breeding—and being the target of anti-GMO activists

Chris Barbey, Kevin Folta | 
University of Florida's Kevin Folta on fruit breeding and defending modern agriculture--and himself--against anti-technology activists ...
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Viewpoint: Activists push glyphosate cancer scare as proxy to limit use of genetically engineered crops

Dan Goldstein | 
Monsanto pediatrician and toxicologist Dan Goldstein: As the glyphosate-cancer debate has grown louder, it's become less scientific ...
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Podcast: How agriculture spurred the domestication of wild cats

Eva-Maria Geigl | 
Geneticist Eva-Maria Geigl: Early grain farms attracted rodents—and wild cats that were social enough to hunt them near human settlements ...
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Podcast: Global ag biotech snapshot: Is GMO adoption on the decline?

Graham Brookes, Kevin Folta | 
UK researcher Graham Brooke on the rising economic and regulatory costs of crop biortechnology--Is it worth it? ...
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Podcast: Can the US learn from Canada’s ‘product-based’ GMO regulatory system?

Robert Potter | 
Biotech legal expert Robert Potter: How GMOs are regulated differently in the US and Canada ...
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Talking Biotech: Domesticating wild plants to seed new crops and foods

Lazaro Peres | 
Brazilian plant physiologist Lazaro Peres: Using genetic technology to identify desirable traits in wild plants and create new crops ...
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