Summary: The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications are created. In each episode, we take a paper from the plant biology literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of the authors.
In this episode, the hosts and Sophien discuss a recent collaborative paper (Islam et al., 2016, BMC Biology) that really embodies the concepts of open science. It addresses the source and characterization of a newly discovered wheat blast in Bangladesh. Wheat blast is a fungal disease that affects grasses that are a huge threat to food security. The authors report the geographical distribution of this new disease, characterize the disease symptoms of affected plants, and isolate and validate the causal fungus. Most strikingly, they performed RNA sequencing on symptomatic and asymptomatic leaves and show that RNA from these infected leaves aligns to the genome of a Brazilian wheat blast strain. They conclude that the Bangladesh isolate of wheat blast is phylogenetically related to the Brazilian wheat blast, rather than an unknown or new lineage. _____ Islam et al. 2016 https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12915-016-0309-7 Kamoun, 2012 http://kamounlab.dreamhosters.com/pdfs/MicrobiologyToday_2012.pdf Open Wheatblast http://s620715531.websitehome.co.uk/owb/ ASAPBio http://asapbio.org BioRxiv http://www.biorxiv.org @KamounLabTwitter Kamoun Lab webpage http://kamounlab.tumblr.com @baxterTWI @ehaswell Contact: email@example.com _____ Read more about this episode: https://plantae.org/blog/taproot-episode-1-season-1-extreme-open-science-and-the-meaning-of-scientific-impact-with-sophien-kamoun/
The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications are created. In each episode, we take a paper from the plant biology literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of the authors.