48 episodes

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 scigest@plantandfood.co.nz
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.co.nz/podcasts

scigest - Plant & Food Research podcasts The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd

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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 scigest@plantandfood.co.nz
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.co.nz/podcasts

    SS: Drones breeding like flies

    SS: Drones breeding like flies

    How can we improve pollination of field crops and reduce costs? This week we talk with Brad Howlett a scientist from Plant & Food Research and Phil Rolston from Foundation for Arable Research to discuss a fly that is showing huge potential as an alternative pollinator of field and seed crops - the drone fly. For more information on this subject please see this video at https://youtu.be/ezqTsCqaaEI.

    • 19 min
    SCIFRI: SciFri#2: Insect apocalypse - myth or reality?

    SCIFRI: SciFri#2: Insect apocalypse - myth or reality?

    Is the world's insect population actually going down or have we just learnt to jog with our mouths shut? Our scifi panel takes on the "insect apocalypse" claim and examines several widely cited papers. Tom, Blue, Jay and newcomer Frances also share exciting news on a novel technology that controls plant disease resistance, quantum supremacy, public trust in scientists, and using larvae to turn food waste into livestock feed.

    • 38 min
    SS: Regenerative Ag - building soil quality

    SS: Regenerative Ag - building soil quality

    How does farm management influence soil physical, chemical and biological properties? Regenerative farmer Simon Osborne joins PFR's Trish Fraser to discuss management on his cropping farm in Canterbury. Soil quality is of paramount importance on Simon's farm, which has been run as a no-till system for around 40 years. All crop residues are retained, and weeds, pests and diseases are managed through integrated systems which include cover crops, crop rotations, biological products, and agrichemicals when required. It's a system that suits this cropping farm, and could provide lessons for others.

    • 38 min
    SLFM: The vine doctor

    SLFM: The vine doctor

    Dion Mundy talks about his journey as a viticultural scientist. Growing up on a vineyard, Dion's science career has encompassed studies in ecophyiology and research in areas like mulching. Dion discusses sustainability, work-life balance and teaching, as well as management strategies to keep vines healthy, like chainsaw surgery!

    • 33 min
    SLFM: Kaitiaki (guardian) of New Zealand's natural treasures

    SLFM: Kaitiaki (guardian) of New Zealand's natural treasures

    Jessica Rodrigues chats with Dr Nick Waipara (Rongawhakaata, and Ngāti Ruapani ki Turanga), a Senior Scientist at Plant & Food Research who has spent the past two decades in various roles at the front line of New Zealand's bioprotection. Nick talks about his science career and why protecting New Zealand's primary production and native ecosystems requires a multidisciplinary approach incorporating Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and Western science.

    • 46 min
    SLFM: Mastering metabolites

    SLFM: Mastering metabolites

    This week Blue Plunkett talks with scientist Andrew Dare about his journey to become a molecular biologist. Andrew talks about his special interest in secondary metabolites of plants - in particular, phloridzin, a metabolite that is only found in apples and has potential for people with type 2 diabetes.

    • 26 min

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