Tom Givnish, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, reports on new findings regarding bromeliads, a family of flowering plants native to the American tropics. Givnish discusses their relationship to other plant families and the geographic spread of the bromeliads over the last hundred million years.
Simon Gilroy, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, explores whether plants and microbes could provide food during a long spaceflight or in a colony on Mars. Gilroy discusses how a lack of gravity affects plants and humans.
Craig Schreiner, Photographer, captures everyday life on the farm through photographs in his book, “One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life.” Schreiner follows the Lamberty family of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin as he explores the future of small farm agriculture and the rural way of life.
Dave Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the contributions of Henry Lardy at the Institute for Enzyme Research. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Lardy helped make possible the artificial insemination of heifers and cows through his invention of the semen extender--the beginning of long career of discovery and invention.
Brandon Schlautman, Honorary Fellow, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison, discusses the emerging genetic and genomic technologies essential for both continuing the domestication of the American Cranberry and for generating new varieties for Wisconsin cranberry producers.
Joe Meisel, Vice President, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation, discusses his work to conserve tropical orchids in Ecuador. Meisel explains the threats to the habitat, explores the locations where there is optimal orchid diversity.
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.
Doug Soldat, Associate Professor, Dept of Soil Science, UW-Madison, discusses how to grow a functional lawn while reducing the environmental impact. Soldat explains how to choose the best type of grass for your site and how to improve your soil. He also explores ways to help your lawn recover from the extreme heat and drought of 2012.
Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist, UW-Madison & UW-Extension, discusses how genetic engineering can create disease-resistant crops. Zinnen talks about citrus greening, a disease that is ravaging orange orchards around the world, and how genetic engineering is providing ways to control it, and genetically engineered Golden Rice, which by adding Vitamin A, can help to reduce cases of blindness.
Scott Knickelbine, author of “The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America’s Deadliest Fire”, shares the history and relevance of the Great Peshtigo fire. The forestry and agriculture in Peshtigo, together with unusual environmental factors in 1817, come together to create this Wisconsin disaster.