Weeds are a tremendous problem in agriculture, costing farmers billions a year in crop loss and the cost of control. In Europe one of the critical weeds is black grass, which causes great losses in wheat and other grass crops. However, little is known about this weed, especially the molecular basis of herbicide resistance. Dr. Dana MacGregor came to the daunting task of attacking the molecular biology of a non-model organism. She has applied an ambitious toolbox from basic science to an aggressive agricultural pest. You can genuinely sense her passions in how to solve problems that matter using the tools of basic biology. Follow Dr. MacGregor on Twitter: @plantenv Dr. MacGregor’s laboratory website is here. # COLABRA Talking Biotech is brought to you by Colabra – an R&D platform that brings your lab’s world-changing research together in one shared space. Learn more at https://www.colabra.app/ # TALKING BIOTECH Twitter: https://twitter.com/talkingbiotech Website: https://www.colabra.app/podcasts/talking-biotech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colabrahq The Talking Biotech podcast is distinct from Dr. Kevin Folta's teaching and research roles at the University of Florida. The views expressed on the show are those of Dr. Folta and his guests, and do not reflect the opinions of the university or Colabra.
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