World leaders in pollination control
World leaders in pollination control
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Tress Walmsley, CEO of the Western Australian company Intergrain Australia, introduces the End Point Royalty system of recovering plant breeding costs, a mechanism that supports improved plant genetics in the country. She also shares how Intergrain uses technology to innovate their breeding programs and explains what it takes to produce the perfect Udon noodle.

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Dr Hussein Haji, CEO of Filson Somalia and Exec Director of Somali Agriculture Technical Group, shares incredible stories of rebuilding the agricultural infrastructure in Somalia after years of civil unrest. He discusses how his experiences set him up for success in his home country and why tissue culture could be the key to reviving the collapsed banana industry in Somalia.

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Dr Mike Jackson explores the fascinating world of genetic resource management. He explains why maintaining a diverse pool of genetic resources is critical for modern breeding programs and shares the challenges to curate rich gene banks for the International Potato Centre and International Rice Research Institute.

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Dr Rita Mumm’s fascinating career includes rich experience across both private and public sectors. She shares what it was like to work on the first biotech traits in corn at DeKalb, discusses why she took on the challenge of recruiting the next generation of plant breeders and why improving orphan crops is central to establishing nutritional security in Africa.

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Dr Lee Hickey, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, discusses combining cutting edge technologies to accelerate genetic gain. He also shares how his passion for scientific communication and collaboration help him overcome the obstacles and scepticism that often come with introducing new ideas.

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Malaysia based Wong Choo Kien of Applied Agricultural Resources discusses the importance of oil palm to him, his company and his country. As Head of the Crop Improvement Division, he explores the history and the future for this “magical crop”.

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Laurie McKenzie, Research & Education Associate with the Washington State-based Organic Seed Alliance, shares how her organization supports organic farmers with the seed, education and research they need to succeed. She also explains how conventional and organic agriculture can work together to solve food security challenges.

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Professor Steve McKeand talks about the traits tree breeders are particularly interested in improving, and discusses why patience is not just a virtue, but a necessity in forestry.

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In this episode, Dr Pete Iannetta shares how his research on legume production and processing led to working on producing a carbon-neutral Scottish gin, Nadar.

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Independent plant breeder Dr Jodi Souter forged an entrepreneurial path in the plant breeding industry to launch J4 Agri-Science. Now she’s asking how intellectual property and biotechnology laws will affect innovation in the plant breeding industry.

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