A selection of Hujicasts featuring the Robert H Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment.

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Mobilizing sunlight to fight poisonous mushrooms

Mushrooms - a magnificent kingdom and one that is still mostly mysterious to us. It is estimated that there are between five and ten million species of mushrooms in nature. We only know a small fraction.. Fungi are is more like people than bacteria.
This episode will not deal with edible mushrooms or hallucinogenic mushrooms, but with pathogenic fungi in agriculture.

More than half of plant diseases are caused by fungi, which can survive exposure to toxic substances and even develop resistance - a serious  opponent.

Shorter Winters, but Bigger Forests

Although this winter was a classic, pleasant winter, it is not a representative example of recent winters.

A conversation with Dr. Efrat Sheffer from the Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, who studies how climate change will affect natural vegetation in Israel.
Her research showed - by analyzing data from the last 45 years - that everything we felt was true:
The dry season is getting longer, and the wet season is getting shorter and more extreme. We all feel thistrend.


Cultured Breast Milk

A special program for Shavuot!

Everyone talks about cultured meat, but cultured milk is much more difficult and complex to produce, both scientifically and technologically: in this case we do not want to "only" take cells and grow them - but to make the cells produce exactly the same produce they produce in nature.


Future Lettuce

PhD student Yarin Livneh, a member of Prof Vainstein's group, discusses how she managed to edit the genome of lettuce to add extra vitamins and nutrients, making it healthier than before.



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Weather and wars

Is there a connection between the weather and mood not only for individuals but also for groups? Do countries and peoples also lose it when temperatures rise ? Conversation with Dr. David Hellman from the Department of Soil and Water Sciences, whose research showed a direct link between high temperatures and armed conflict in Africa and the Middle East.