food security

#392      37 min 44 sec
Feeding the 9 billion: Inconvenient truths about global food security

Prof Timothy Reeves

Sustainable agriculture expert Prof Tim Reeves discusses the profound changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behavior if we are to feed earth’s ever-growing human population that is projected to exceed 9 billion in 2050. Business as usual won’t pass muster anymore. With host Dr Andi Horvath.

#382      33 min 27 sec
Going viral: Global food security under threat from crop and livestock diseases

Prof John Fazakerley

Virologist and infectious diseases expert Prof John Fazakerley details the myriad threats to the global food supply from pathogen infestations in crops and livestock, and how new genetic and surveillance technologies are lending hope to keeping them in check. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#357      19 min 45 sec
Germ warfare: Young researchers seeking answers to diverse microbe threats

Claire Gorrie
Rebecca Vandegeer

In our annual PhD episode, two young science researchers discuss their investigations of microbes that threaten, respectively, human health and our food supply. We chat with Claire Gorrie about aspects of the drug-resistant bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae, and how it's implicated in serious infections. And Rebecca Vandegeer tells us how the Barley Yellow Dwarf virus strips our wheat crops of their defences, posing a threat to food security. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#244      33 min 43 sec
The dragon's tango: China's growing engagement in Latin America

Assoc Prof Kevin P. Gallagher

International relations scholar Assoc Prof Kevin P. Gallagher examines the growing influence in Latin America of a resource-hungry China, and the benefits and risks resulting from Chinese economic activity in the region. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#238      23 min 41 sec
Rice futures: Biofortifying food crops for better nutrition

Dr Alex Johnson

Plant molecular biologist Dr Alex Johnson explains how genetic engineering of rice grain could help to stave off malnutrition in the developing world. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#179      28 min 38 sec
Reaping what we sow: Agriculture's role in climate change

Associate Prof Richard Eckard

Assoc Prof Richard Eckard examines how modern agriculture contributes to global warming and discusses ways of mitigating the problem. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 174      35 min 10 sec
Peak fish: Rising human consumption of seafood, and its implications

Dr Tim Dempster
Dr Reg Watson

Fisheries scientists Dr Tim Dempster and Dr Reg Watson discuss the pressures on wild fish stocks and debate the role of aquaculture in feeding an increasingly populous world. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 142      44 min 50 sec
The global mean and the human scale: Climate change adaptation agenda under scrutiny

Prof Naomi Oreskes

Science historian Professor Naomi Oreskes explains why limits in the predictive capacity of climate models present a challenge to those favoring adaptation above emissions mitigation as a strategy in dealing with climate change. With host Eric van Bemmel.

Episode 141      26 min 44 sec
Cash crop crusaders: Genomic approaches to fighting fungus in canola

Prof Barbara Howlett

Plant geneticist Professor Barbara Howlett explains how genetics research is helping to fight fungal pests that confront canola farmers. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 106      28 min 13 sec
Nothing To Eat: Famine and Its Consequences

Cormac O Grada

Economic Historian Prof Cormac O Grada joins host Jennifer Cook to discuss famine, its causes and repercussions, and the human condition in times of mass food scarcity.