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Finding Genius Podcast

Jun 29, 2022

How many species are in your salad mix?

It’s probably not a question you’ve ever asked yourself, but the what, why, and how of the answer is worth exploring.

Seed expert and professor emeritus at UC Davis, Kent Bradford, shares unique and interesting insight into the world of plant biology, seed germination, and propagation. 

Press play to learn:

  • Why some seeds fail to germinate, and how commercial seeds are tested for viability
  • The problem of weeds and disease propagation by seeds
  • Why and under what circumstances certain crop fields needs to be separated by 2-3 miles from other crop fields
  • Why it can be so challenging to save and propagate your own seeds
  • What to do (and not do) if you want to start growing fruits and veggies for yourself

Over the course of his career, Bradford has studied almost all things seed biology. This includes everything from the production and use of vegetable seeds in crop production, to the planting, development, and storage of seeds, to the physiology and biology of germination.

Anyone -- whether large-scale farmer or individual looking to grow a single plant -- can learn something from this episode.

Tune in for all the details.

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