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LSS 97: Plant Responses to Water Deficits; Harmful Algal Blooms

In this episode of Locally Sourced Science, we explore two phenomena related to climate change that may have significant effects on our local environment.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, (https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/) Tompkins County and much of the Finger Lakes have been experiencing moderate drought conditions. Our first segment focuses on the ways that plants respond to drought. Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr. Taryn Bauerle, Associate Professor in the Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science, about her studies on how plants respond to stresses from water deficits.

Water body with algal bloom (photo courtesy of Dr. Katie Fiorella)

In our second segment, we hear about the environmental implications of climate-related increases of harmful algal blooms in different ecosystems. Janani Hariharan talks to Dr. Katie Fiorella from Cornell University. Dr. Fiorella was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study the economic and health effects of algal blooms on human communities in Kenya. We also hear about local algal blooms in the Finger Lakes area, and what they mean for our ecosystem. 

In our last segment of the show, Candice Limper provides a short history of the Nobel Prize (https://www.nobelprize.org/) and a quick glimpse into this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared for the first time by two female scientists, Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna.

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Show Producer: Liz Mahood

Associate Producer and interview of Dr. Taryn Bauerle: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Dr. Katie Fiorella: Janani Harihanan

History of Nobel Prize: Candice Limper

Music: Joe Lewis; Blue Dot Sessions

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