The inaugural season of the Plant Breeding Stories podcast has been an exciting journey, and we’re delighted to share the fascinating stories of plant scientists around the globe with our audience. If you haven’t tuned in to the podcast yet, here are some of the topics we explored in the first series:
- Professor Steve McKeand discussed the traits that tree breeders are most interested in and shared why patience is a virtue in forestry research.
- The founders of Phytoform Labs explained genome editing technology and shared how artificial intelligence can support plant breeding programmes.
- Independent plant breeder, Jodi Souter, explored how biotechnology and intellectual property laws can support or hinder progress for global plant breeding programmes.
- With more than 50 years of plant breeding research under his belt, Professor Daljit S. Virk told us how unconventional breeding methods helped him develop new rice varieties that have benefited millions of low income farmers.
- Laurie McKenzie of the Organic Seed Alliance talked about how conventional and organic agriculture practices can complement each other to solve food security challenges.
This is just a sample of the diverse voices we heard in season one, and we look forward to continuing these intriguing conversations as we dive into season two of the Plant Breeding Stories podcast.