#25 - The Future of Food - The Rural Economy
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
As exciting technologies emerge, we need to ensure that policies and regulations are in place to ensure practices remain safe, sustainable and help the transition towards a circular economy.  Dr Ian Hodge, professor of rural economy at Cambridge, describes how we can manage agriculture in the future; from offering subsidies to introducing carbon credits.  ..read more
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#24 - The Future of Food - Genetic Engineering
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
Many crops currently grown in the developing world are limited by their nitrogen potential rather than their water or light potential. Difficult supply chains and high costs make using nitrogen fertilisers difficult in these regions and the use of these fertilisers brings about its own issues.  Professor Giles Oldroyd aims to engineer nitrogen fixation into many crops, allowing them to utilise the abundant source of nitrogen straight from the air and therefore improve yields whilst reducing nitrogen leaching.  ..read more
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#23 - The Future of Food - Robotic Farming
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
As agriculture scales up it brings a host of problems. Larger tractors lead to soil compaction and lack of precision, more workers are required to ensure harvests come in on time and food waste is reduced, and corners are cut more often with increased use of herbicides and pesticides. Using autonomous vehicles can help solve many of these problems.  Kit Franklin, co-creator of Hands Free Hectare and Hands Free Farm, takes us through the automation of agriculture and how we will soon get used to seeing it in our everyday lives ..read more
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#22 - The Future of Food - Frugal Innovation
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
A third of global food is produced by smallholder farms. High tech innovations will always make the big headlines, but if want to truly provide for the future then we must also empower those most at risk with more frugal strategies.  Professor Jaideep Prabhu takes us through his views on how we can do more with less in this latest episode of the The Biotech Podcast ..read more
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#21 - The Future of Food - The History of Agriculture
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
In the first episode of this new season on food security we first look at what lessons we can draw from the history of agriculture and how we might expect it to change as we look into the future. Dr Helen Anne Curry is an Associate Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge ..read more
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#20 - Dr Joaquin Vanschoren on Making Data Public
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
Having founded OpenML, Dr Joaquin Vanschoren wants scientists to make their data public. OpenML aims to use this data to train many machine learning models and therefore create huge advances in this field ..read more
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#19 - Dr Andrei Lupas on Proteins
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
Dr Andrei Lupas takes us through the fundamental building blocks of life: proteins. We analyse what they are, how they've evolved and how they might change in the future. Andrei was also one of the first to see Alphafold in action as he judged them at the CASP protein folding competition, so we explore the possibilities that Alphafold brings. Dr Andrei Lupas: http://eb.mpg.de/protein-evolution/   ..read more
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#18 - Dr Risto Miikkulainen on Evolutionary Computation
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
Computer scientist, Dr Risto Miikkulainen, shows us how we can come up with novel solutions in science by simulating evolution using computers. From bioinformatics to webpage design, the applications of this field are huge. Image with thanks to Helsingin Sanomat https://www.hs.fi/ If you are interested in helping The Biotech Podcast please take 30 seconds to take the following survey: https://harry852843.typeform.com/to/caV6cMzG Paper on surprising anecdotes of evolution: https://direct.mit.edu/artl/article/26/2/274/93255/The-Surprising-Creativity-of-Digital-Evolution-A Microsite on ES ..read more
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#17 - Professor Jim Collins on Synthetic Biology
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Professor Jim Collins talks to us this week about his endeavours in biodetection using Synthetic riboregulators, which have played a significant role in Sars-Cov2 detection. He also brings us through CellNet, which applies network biology to stem cell engineering. If you are interested in helping The Biotech Podcast please take 30 seconds to take the following survey: https://harry852843.typeform.com/to/caV6cMzG Photo: Lillie Paquette / MIT School of Engineering Jim Collins Lab: https://be.mit.edu/directory/james-j-collins   ..read more
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#16 - Dr Wolfgang Busch - Getting to the Root of Roots
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by Harry B Houston
7M ago
This week Dr Wolfgang Busch, from the Salk Institute, talks to us about the importance of root systems. Can roots make decisions? And if so could they be optimised for distinct functions? If you are interested in helping The Biotech Podcast please take 30 seconds to take the following survey: https://harry852843.typeform.com/to/caV6cMzG Busch Lab https://busch.salk.edu/  Salk Institute: https://www.salk.edu/scientist/wolfgang-busch/  ..read more
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