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Rad Scientist’ Episode 2: Liang Song Puts Herself Into The ‘Shoes’ Of Plants

San Diego researcher Liang Song in a lab surrounded by plants.

Credit: Margot Wohl

Above: San Diego researcher Liang Song in a lab surrounded by plants.

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The KPBS podcast "Rad Scientist" is trying to bridge a connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. Podcast host Margot Wohl is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

The second episode introduces us to Liang Song, a research associate at the Salk Institute. Song loves plants. She eats them, photographs them, talks to them and studies them to find out how they respond to stressful conditions like drought.

"If we put ourselves into the shoes of a plant, then we will see, oh, all these plant species are amazing. They are so self-sufficient and so generous," Song said.

In her research, Song is looking for ways to make plants stronger in order for them to be able to withstand drought.

"Rad Scientist" is one of seven local content projects selected for the KPBS Explore program.


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