Planet Earth

Old Charles Darwin Had A Farm...

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerMay 19, 2010 5:00 PM


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In my new podcast I take a look at Darwinian agriculture--how farmers can improve their crops by taking advantage of evolutionary history. I talk to Ford Denison of the University of Minnesota, who has done fascinating work plants such as soybeans and the bacteria that live in their roots and supply them with essential nitrogen. It's a complicated relationship, full of cooperation, conflict, cheating, and punishment. Check it out.

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