In Defense of Plants Podcast
About This Show
Plants are everything. They are also incredibly interesting. From the smallest duckweed to the tallest redwood, the botanical world is full of wonder. Join my friends and I for a podcast celebrating everything botany.
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Ep. 121 - Mosquitoes: The Unlikely Pollinators
4 days ago
Mosquitoes are maligned the world over and often for very good reason. However, there are a plethora of different species of mosquito on this planet and many of them do not bite humans or spread disease. In fact, some of them are important pollinators. In this episode we take a closer look at an orchid that relies on mosquitoes for pollination. The one leaved rein orchid (Platanthera obtusata) grows in close association with mosquitoes and our guests, postdoc Chloé Lahondère and grad student Ryo Okubo are working hard to understand how this system works. Their research not only helps us understand these overlooked pollinators but also provides deeper insights into how mosquitoes find their food sources. This is a great example of the kind of collaborative science I love!
Rated 5 out of
An in depth but fun look into the world of botany.
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of
Excellent intro to the botany world
I love the variety of this podcast. Got some of my favorite natural history book suggestions off their books podcast awhile ago. Fantastic introductory info to get you headed in the right direction for some scientific reading.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of
I love all that I learn about plants from this show. Please work on the sound quality and volume. Otherwise so great!
Date published: 2016-11-08