A Plantae Podcast Series with hosts Liz Haswell and Ivan Baxter
The Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications are created. In each episode, we take a paper from the plant biology literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of the authors.
A scientific publication tells a data-driven story about molecules, cells, organisms, processes or mechanisms. But behind every paper are other narratives that aren’t represented in the final manuscript. These are stories of perseverance, serendipity, humor, integrity, and resilience. They are the experiences of individuals and teams, of following your instincts or living your principles, of inspiration and discouragement. At The Taproot, we think these are stories worth telling!
Each episode focuses on a different primary research paper. Co-hosts Ivan and Liz discuss the science with a guest, an author on the paper. Then we move quickly on to the ‘story behind the science’, a different topic . Our intended audience is young plant scientists (undergraduates through postdocs) and we hope to normalize their experiences, expose them to the real world of science, and help provide some examples of how to navigate it.