Plants and Pipettes

Tegan and Joram explore the world of molecular plant research. How to plants sense their environment? What controls their metabolism? How do they store energy? Come along to an excursion into the very cells of all green things!


episode 78: Joram and the curse of knowledge – gum arabic, homework, artistic AI

It snowed! Well, not that you can see any of that, but we’re excited nonetheless. We’re also excited about this week’s topics: we’re talking about fabulous Acacias in Central Africa, the road towards more accessible science and a lot of homework that other people did for us. 

Acacia senegal or Senegalia senegal, (& Vachellia (Acacia) seyal)  
The ancient trade holding back the Sahara Desert
When we talked about gum like substances: Don’t send Tom Cruise, send three to four Arabidopsis
The Acacia (re)naming debate: Science, sentiment and territorial chauvinism in the acacia name change debate

  • Caroline M. Solomon
    • How I self-advocate for researchers with disabilities and illnesses
    • My international career journey as a disabled scientist
    • Justin Yerbury AM on Twitter: “I recently wrote to the @NHMRC and to the Health minister @GregHuntMP about what I felt was a breach of the disability Act during my application for an Investigator Grant. This is how it played out. A thread. 1/13 Ping @ABCnews @Naturenews”
    • “Textbook case” of disability discrimination in grant applications
    • Using alt text to make science Twitter more accessible for people with visual impairments 
  • Curse of knowledge
  • Feelings make people pass up perfectly tasty brown fruit 
  • This Flower Is Really a Fungus in Disguise 
    • Pseudoflowers produced by Fusarium xyrophilum on yellow-eyed grass (Xyris spp.) in Guyana: A novel floral mimicry system?
  • Copied homework
    • Lost moss found again (thanks, @basicgabril)
    • Atmospheric oxygen over Phanerozoic time (thanks, @mic_bog)
    • “Induction of embryonic callus is important for maize genetic engineering. To get the callus is not that easy, and the genes influencing callus formation are line-specific. So when you succeed with one cultivar, you may not succeed to induce callus in other.” (Thanks @mari_jaguar)
  • DALL-E, an AI that creates art
  • A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? | GPT-3
  • Purring crickets
    • Responses of intended and unintended receivers to a novel sexual signal suggest clandestine communication
    • Singing in secret: Crickets that purr are protected from a deadly natural enemy
    • Purring Crickets: The Evolution of a Novel Sexual Signal | The American Naturalist: Vol 192, No 6

Check out the new episode of the plant book club! And while you’re there, also go and check out Flora-L Design!

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 2021-02-12  1h22m