Welcome to scigest - podcast-sized servings of digestible science from the world of Plant & Food Research! Scigest is a podcast channel hosted by scientists at Plant & Food Research in New Zealand who are passionate about communicating their science to New Zealanders and the world, as well as helping science students in their journey to a science career. Our scientists are at the heart of food production, supply and security, contributing to human health and wellbeing as well as social and economic stability. Hear how our research is making a difference to food production - from the development of new cultivars and new foods, to bioprotection science and creating environmentally sustainable production systems for plant and seafood crops. If you are interested in a career in science, listen to our scientists' stories, including their tips and tricks, and discover the many options available for a science career. Any questions or suggestions can be emailed to the scigest team at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be able to see all of our podcasts and get to see some of our podcasters and interviewees please see our scigest website at www.plantandfood.com/scigest
SLFM: A collection of virus-related moments
Passionate plant virologist Associate Professor Robin MacDiarmid talks to Scigest host Erin Stroud about how her family sparked her interest in a science career, the devastating loss of her mother, and personal strengths, determination and appreciation of life. Robin and Erin discuss cultural and social responsibilities of science, how viruses are incredibly misunderstood, and the importance of home and engaging with your community.
SLFM: Sniffing out a successful technology
Scientist Blue Plunkett speaks to Andrew Kralicek, Chief Technology Officer of Scentian Bio, about biosensors that can detect volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) – or more simply, smells, in liquid and air.
The ground-breaking technology has broad applications across a number of industries, from medical and health applications to food production. Andrew also chats about life as a CTO in a start-up company and the progress made since our previous interview with Andrew five years ago. Note: at the time of recording, Andrew could not disclose Scentian Bio have just been awarded a US $1.7m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the development of the detection of human diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. For more podcasts from us, head to: www.plantandfood.com/en-nz/scigest
SLFM: Being a bioinformatician
Bioinformatics is cutting-edge science that applies tools of computation and analysis to capture and understand biological data. It is an interdisciplinary field which harnesses computer science, mathematics, physics, and biology. Scientist and podcaster Blue Plunket speaks to Bioinformatician Amali Thrimawithana about her journey into science and her fascinating work with two taonga species, manuka and snapper. For more podcasts from us head to: www.plantandfood.co.nz/scigest
BIOSECURITY: Benefits of beneficial biodiversity
There are enormous benefits that Aotearoa New Zealand’s insect fauna can play in pollinating crops and controlling insect pests. Scientist Brad Howlett speaks to Scigest host Nicola Sullivan about designing native plantings to increase the abundance of native pollinators and natural enemies. By returning native plants, animals and insects, we can create more productive, resilient farms, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand. Farmers can help Brad's research into the benefits of beneficial biodiversity by completing this short survey: surveymonkey.com/r/W6FJDGZ
SLFM: Where does the data go
Wanting to see the bigger picture and understand what knowledge could be gained from the data he was collecting opened up a whole new world of data science for scientist Jian Liu. Jian chats to statistical scientist and new Scigest host Tom Moore about his journey from soil sampling and field science into the world of data science, the advantages of the New Zealand tertiary education system, and the importance of good mentors.
SLFM: David Hughes: leadership learnings
Plant & Food Research CEO David Hughes chats with Scigest host Hilary Ireland about his journey science leadership, the big opportunities in the future of food, sustainability and how science can create a better world for everyone. Listen to the Future of Food episode mentioned in this podcast here: www.plantandfood.com/en-nz/article/future-of-food. For more podcasts from us head to: www.plantandfood.co.nz/scigest
Learning and Entrerainment
I always find this podcast entertaining, and many times I end up learning something. The most important is that it reminds me to when I was at uni, so I quite like that.
Cool to have NZ science in a podcast