agriculture podcast

Should Plants Get to Go Wild?

Ready to take a walk on the wild side? Steve Savage is back for POPagriculture’s second season and kicks it off with a discussion about genetic diversity and how humans alter crops from their wild states to create something edible and sustainable.

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I've been working in agricultural technology for over 35 years. I'm originally trained in plant pathology but have touched on a wide range of topics over the years. Since 2009 I've also been very active as a blogger and speaker on ag/food topics

4 comments on “Should Plants Get to Go Wild?

  1. John Curtis

    Some gardeners save their biggest garlic bulbs to plant the cloves from the following year. The thinking is that they are more likely to get bigger bulbs the following year since the bigger bulbs might have better yielding genetics. Presumably the bulbs that grow from the individual cloves of a bulb are genetically identical, so maybe it doesn’t help (although selecting the biggest cloves might since they have more stored food)?

    • John,
      You are right, they are genetically identical unless some random mutation occurred and that is rare. I suspect that you are also right that the bigger bulbs will have more energy to get going. There are some virus diseases of garlic so the bigger bulbs are less likely to have been infected (although that certainly isn’t the only reason others could be small)

      • John Curtis

        Thanks for your fast reply, I hadn’t thought about viruses affecting bulb size.

      • I only thought of it because when I was in grad school I did some work in a lab where another student was studying a virus of garlic. He was always grinding up samples and it was pretty wiffy!

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