Across Regions

Podcast: What is wrong with the potato? Why is it so hard to breed?

Because of its genetic complexity, the potato didn’t undergo a “green revolution” like other staple crops. It can take more than 15 years to breed a new kind of potato that farmers can grow. In this special Podcast by Science magazine, host Sarah Crespi talks with Staff Writer Erik Stokstad about how researchers are trying to simplify the potato genome to make it easier to manipulate through breeding.

This podcast is based on the excellent article wrote by Stokstad and published online on the Science magazine website recently, entitled This spud’s for you: A breeding revolution could unleash the potential of potato.

The podcast also features host Meagan Cantwell and Staff Writer Robert F. Service discuss a new kind of pill—one that flips itself over once it hits the bottom of the stomach and injects a dose of medication into the stomach lining.

You will find this podcast on this page of the Science magazine website. Or you can click on this link that will take you directly to the podcast. A transcript of the podcast can be found here.