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 110: Some rings attached to some bits

Hi! Heads up, there is a long spoiler for Don’t look up at the beginning. Did you know that we have chapters to quickly skip ahead? Now you do. Also, we talk about a very poisonous plant and how to move owls!

  • The paradox of toxic nectar and pollen in death camas | Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine
  • Don’t Eat the Death Camas…or ‘Death’ Anything | Nature’s Poisons
  • Zygacine – Wikipedia
  • Co-dependency between a specialist Andrena bee and its death camas host, Toxicoscordion paniculatum | SpringerLink
  • Neurotoxic alkaloid in pollen and nectar excludes generalist bees from foraging at death-camas, Toxicoscordion paniculatum (Melanthiaceae) | Biological Journal of the Linnean Society | Oxford Academic 
  • Using animation to mediate scientific discourse | Nature Microbiology 
  • Janet Iwasa – Wikipedia 
  • Molecular Animation: Where Cinema and Biology Meet – The New York Times 
  • SARS-CoV-2 Visualization and Annotation Project — The Animation Lab 
  • PCA Art Exhibit
  • Recognizing pioneering Black plant scientists in our schools and society: Trends in Plant Science
  • #blackinbotany – Twitter Search / Twitter
  • Black History Month 2022: What is it and why is it celebrated? | Arts and Culture News | Al Jazeera
  • MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) / Twitter 
  • Keynote Talk: Margaret Mitchell, PhD – Bias in the Vision and Language of Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate change is causing UK plants to flower a month early – BBC Science Focus Magazine
  • Huge genetic database includes over 9000 species of flowering plants 
  • Scientists pass the halfway mark in completing the plant tree of life | Kew
  • Kew Tree of Life 
  • How to read a phylogenetic tree – Artic Network 
  • Tobacco publishing ban for researchers at industry-owned firms
  • DNA-free CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing of wild tetraploid tomato Solanum peruvianum using protoplast regeneration | Plant Physiology | Oxford Academic
  • Bamboo plant causes devastating £100,000 damage to horrified neighbour’s home – Mirror Online
  • Fake poop helps evicted owls settle into new neighborhood | AP News

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