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This episode features part two of my conversation with Manish Raizada, a Professor of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.

Herein, Manish talks about his lab’s efforts to develop a microbe-based biopesticide that could be sprayed on crops like wheat and corn in order to protect those crops against fusarium wilt. Manish also describes research of crop wild relatives as a key to gaining insights for biopesticide development, the potential for plant breeders to factor beneficial microbe relationships into their selection practices, and the regulatory hurdles involved in developing these new techniques.