The podcast for curious plant-lovers who want to learn more about their favourite green friends over a cup of tea. Your hostess Judith, plant-scientist by training, meets with other plant-lovers around the globe to explore the origins, history, biology, science, use and meaning of plants for us in the past, present and future.
Tea Trade - The history of an everyday intoxicant. Guests: Hanna Hodacs & Annika Windahl Pontén
Is tea your cup of tea? 🍵
Even if it's coffee, this new episode of the Flora and Friends podcast will blow your mind. Have you ever reflected about the fact that 300 years ago tea, coffee, chocolate and tobacco were only arriving in the Western world?
In my interview with Hanna Hodacs and Annika Windahl Pontén from @uppsalauniversity we've explored the history of tea, its trade between Europe and Asia and Swedish botanist Carl von Linné's connection to the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
Enjoy this episode with your favourite hot beverage!
BioArt - Fine Art Meets Biology - Guest: Amanda Selinder
Have you ever heard about bioart? Did you know that microbial biofilms and fungal cultures on Petri dishes can become pieces of art?
All this and much more you can discover in my interview with Uppsala based artist Amanda Selinder.
In her work Amanda fuses her background in fine art and her passion for textiles and natural pigments with her curiosity for biological processes. The latest outcome were fascinating pieces of artwork that give a glimpse into the life and biology of endophytic fungi isolated from leaves.
In this podcast interview we talked about
- How her interest for fine art emerged
- How she discovered bioart and what can be done with it
- Why she decided to go back to university to study biology
- How she dyes silk with natural pigments from fungi
- How this arts project has developed into a scientific study
Brew yourself a cup of tea and enjoy this interview!
The Flora and Friends Christmassy Mystery Plant Revelation
During the last two episodes we have shared clues with you about the Christmassy mystery plant and here we reveal which plant it was and what the clues were referring to. With me in this podcast today are Melissa and Delphine, my friends and partners at Flora-L Design.
The Flora and Friends Christmassy Mystery Plant Challenge - more clues
Listen to our December podcast episodes and make your guess which plant we are talking about.
The Flora and Friends Christmassy Mystery Plant Challenge
Listen to our December podcast episodes and make your guess which plant we are talking about. We’ll reveal the first hints in this episode and some more on December 15th.
A journey into the woods - Fungi in focus - part 2. Guests: Stephen Axford & Catherine Marciniak
In this second part of my interview with fungal photographer Stephen Axford and documentary filmmaker Catherine Marciniak, Stephen and Catherine share stories from their travels to Asia and other places in the world. We talk about
- whom they have met there
- how they contribute to fungal awareness internationally
- what their recent productions are and where you can find them
- which books about mushrooms they recommend
- what their favourite mushrooms are
Do you think they have a favourite one after documenting all that fungal beauty and diversity? Brew yourself a cup of tea and discover their answer!