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!

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episode 57: Mola mola babies – extremophile algae, intersectional feminism in academia, talking to conspiracy theorists

Some weeks we talk a lot about plant science, some weeks we explore a lot of plant-science-adjacent topics. You be the judge of what happened this week.



episode 56: Worm twitter is angry – Sunflowers, worm discrimination, beautiful snails

Don’t you dare disrespect our favourite model organism, Arabidopsis. No wait, we love tobacco and hate Arabidopsis. No! Both are the WORST, we love Chlamydomonas above everything else! Or were we team sunflower?



episode 55: Penguins propelling poo – self-drilling seeds, arctic explorers, and some plant science

You know the drill: we talk about our favourite plant (it’s drilling itself into the ground), a cool researcher (she travelled to Antarctica to study lichen), a cognitive bias (the end will please you) and fun stuff (a lot of it). Please enjoy.



episode 54: Pavlov’s pea plants

This week, we're talking about plant intelligence and whether or not a pea plant can be conditioned like a dog.



episode 53: Don't be a hypocrite, be a hypogriff

This week, we're talking about Tegan's favourite plant, Elizabeth Mrema, the end-of-history illusion and many fun things from the world of science!


 2020-07-03  1h20m

episode 52: Not red means not recording

We talk about how scientists developed a way to use soap bubbles to pollinate plants!


 2020-06-26  1h18m


First things first: Black Lives Matter. After a short break, we’re back with a new episode, we first address the issue at hand of police brutality against people of colour and what it means to us as white plant scientists.


 2020-06-19  1h29m

episode 50: Fake, Fake, Truth – 50th episode shenanigans

It's the 50th episode! Instead of our usual routine, we play a game of fake, fake, truth and answer your listener questions. Tag along for a fun special episode!


 2020-05-29  1h48m

episode 49: Help! Squirrels! – Black eyed peas, Georgiana Simpson, and the humor effect

This week, we’re talking about cowpeas and how they grow in arid regions, the contribution of Georgiana Simpson to Black Rights in the US, and the effect of humor on information retention. Plus so much more!


 2020-05-22  1h18m

episode 48: Spinach and strawberries – artificial photosynthesis at the interphase of nature and technology

This week, we’re diving into a science paper that was hard to miss. It’s all about creating artificial photosynthesis using spinach chloroplasts. We also talk about our favourite genome duplication events and news in the world of science.


 2020-05-15  1h7m