58 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

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 18 Ratings

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: Think like a thrip

    SS: Think like a thrip

    Entomologist Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen is looking for Integrated Pest Management solutions for thrips on strawberry orchards. To make the environment less desirable to the pest, she has to put herself in its shoes. It also helps to have a group of growers who are eager to participate in the research! Please go to our Scigest webpage for this podcast to see some more information on the project. The 'Future-proofing thrips management in strawberries' project is funded by Strawberry Growers New Zealand and the The Ministry for Primary Industries as a Sustainable Farming Fund project. Plant & Food Research delivers this research in collaboration with Berryworld.

    • 24 min
    SS: Gold rush

    SS: Gold rush

    Dr Phil Elmer calls himself a "magpie" that collects interesting microorganisms with potential. One of the yeast samples that he collected from apricots in Central Otago years ago has recently been released as a biocontrol agent for vine-killing kiwifruit disease Psa. He shares the research and development process of the bee-safe, sustainable solution Aureo™Gold with scigest.

    • 27 min
    SLFM: The apprentice scientists

    SLFM: The apprentice scientists

    Michelle Joeng and Karangawai Paringatai-Hare worked alongside Plant & Food Research scientists as student researchers last summer. They give us a review of their respective projects on oysters food safety and taonga plant poroporo. They also share tips on how to succeed in the very selective summer studentship programme and tell us what they've gained from the experience. For more information about the Summer Studentship programme go to bit.ly/2XeCD9v.

    • 21 min
    SMAS: A conversation with Nano Girl

    SMAS: A conversation with Nano Girl

    We're back with another chat with Dr Michelle Dickinson, host of the new science show "Breaking It Down" on TVNZ. In this extended episode, we cover a variety of subjects including running the "Nano Girl Live" shows and "Nano Girl Labs", diversity issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the need for more effective science communication and education, and thoughts on climate change. Note: This was recorded before the outbreak of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

    • 51 min
    SB: Breed like fish

    SB: Breed like fish

    Seafood breeding and plant breeding have a lot in common. Dr Maren Wellenreuther is harnessing plant breeding knowledge to increase the growth rate and tolerance of trevally and snapper while maintaining the health and genetic diversity of the species in an accelerated breeding programme.

    • 27 min
    SLFM: Forty-six years and counting

    SLFM: Forty-six years and counting

    Dr Brent Clothier has had the same job for 46 years, but there is never a dull moment. The prolific soil and water scientist received the Science New Zealand Plant & Food Research Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He shares his insights into how his field has evolved overtime and his outlook for the horticulture industry in the face of the changing climate and growing environment.

    • 18 min

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