25 episodes

Healthy plants are the foundation for life on our planet. They produce the oxygen we breathe and over 80% of the food we eat. The Plantopia podcast series explains how protecting plant health can ensure a sustainable future. Inspired by the United Nations declaration of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, the American Phytopathological Society created Plantopia so you can explore the world of plant health in company with plant pathologists—people on a mission to protect plants and our food supply.



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Healthy plants are the foundation for life on our planet. They produce the oxygen we breathe and over 80% of the food we eat. The Plantopia podcast series explains how protecting plant health can ensure a sustainable future. Inspired by the United Nations declaration of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, the American Phytopathological Society created Plantopia so you can explore the world of plant health in company with plant pathologists—people on a mission to protect plants and our food supply.



Thank you, sponsors!








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    Of Peeps and People…and Plant Pathology

    Of Peeps and People…and Plant Pathology

    In this episode, Matthew Kasson, associate professor of forest pathology and mycology at West Virginia University, joins host Jim Bradeen for an engaging conversation wrapped around SciComm and a viral experiment involving injecting Peeps with certain types of fungi. The two also get personal, discussing mental health issues in academia; the responsibilities of organizations to speak out on social issues; and the importance of social media in advancing interests in plant pathology.


    Show notes


    The full transcript for this episode can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cpYoyt


    Check out Fungal Peeps here: https://twitter.com/kasson_wvu/status/1112826811879182336


    Find Matt Kasson on Twitter: @kasson_wvu


    Klein, JoAnna. (March 29, 2019) Injecting Marshmallow Peeps With Fungi, for Science. New York Times https://nyti.ms/3zkItuk


    Swift et al. (2020) From Hastag to High School: How Viral Tweets Are Inspiring Young Scientists to Embrace STEM. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 21(3):1-5. https://journals.asm.org/doi/pdf/10.1128/jmbe.v21i3.2133


    Kasson, Matt. (December 14, 2021) Finding mental-health clarity under pandemic pressures. Nature. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03760-4


    The Mystery of the Mummified Twinkie. Short Wave, National Public Radio. October 27, 2020 https://www.npr.org/transcripts/925437726


    This episode is produced by Association Briefings.
    Special Guest: Matt Kasson.

    • 37 min
    When plant health meets human health: Is agriculture contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant human pathogens?

    When plant health meets human health: Is agriculture contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant human pathogens?

    In this episode, Marin Talbot Brewer, Fungal enthusiast and professor of mycology and plant pathology at the University of Georgia, joins host Jim Bradeen for an in-depth conversation about plant pathogenic fungi and emerging crop diseases. The two discuss her research of population biology of emerging fungal diseases in plants and people; the discovery of a new Neofusicoccum fungus species; and her career as a plant pathologist and getting her students interested in a similar career.


    Show notes


    The full transcript for this episode can be found here: https://bit.ly/3yysQPm.


    Find her on Twitter: @marintalbrew


    This episode is produced by Association Briefings.
    Special Guest: Marin Talbot Brewer.

    • 36 min
    Rising to the Occasion: Moving Up Through the Plant Pathology Industry

    Rising to the Occasion: Moving Up Through the Plant Pathology Industry

    In this episode, Don Mathre, Professor Emeritus at Montana State University and veteran plant pathologist, joins host Jim Bradeen and provides his perspective on our field. He talks about his vast career; the rationale behind California’s One-Variety Law and the ‘political side’ of plant pathology; advice for young professionals just entering the field and the importance of mentorship; and his many roles in the American Phytopathological Society.


    Show notes


    For a full transcript of this episode, go here: https://bit.ly/3AfuZAZ


    Student Travel Fund referenced during our discussion: https://www.apsnet.org/members/give-awards/donate/giving/funds/Pages/DonaldEMathre.aspx


    “Naughty Peat: a case study in plant pathology, with emphasis on Koch’s Postulates and disease etiology:” https://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/foreducators/TeachingNotes/Pages/NaughtyPeat.aspx


    This episode is produced by Association Briefings.
    Special Guest: Don Mathre.

    • 28 min
    Insights on Streak Mosaic Virus and Its Impact on Cereal Crops

    Insights on Streak Mosaic Virus and Its Impact on Cereal Crops

    In this episode, Uta McKelvy, Associate Extension Specialist Plant Pathology at Montana State University, joins host Jim Bradeen for a fascinating discussion about her passion for plants and how they fit into the environment. The two discuss streak mosaic virus and its implications on wheat and other cereal crops; the challenges and opportunities of being an extension plant pathologist; and being an impactful woman in plant pathology.


    Show notes


    For a full transcript of this episode, go here: https://bit.ly/3ywp358


    McKelvy’s publication mentioned in the podcast: https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/full/10.1094/PHP-10-20-0083-RS


    The AWaRe tool referenced in the episode: https://tim-msu-ecol.shinyapps.io/Wheat_Streak_Mosaic_Risk_MT/


    Find her on Twitter @UtaMcKelvy


    This episode is produced by Association Briefings.
    Special Guest: Uta McKelvy.

    • 37 min
    Season 2 Coming Soon!

    Season 2 Coming Soon!

    New host. New guests. Same great topics! Season 2 of Plantopia launches June 2022.

    • 1 min
    Robotics Revolution: Part 2

    Robotics Revolution: Part 2

    Phytopatholobot & scouting from space
    Special Guests: Katie Gold and Yu Jiang.

    • 23 min

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