March 23, 2021

EP. 206 — Are Plants Literal Geniuses? with Professor Beronda Montgomery

This week on Getting Curious, Professor Beronda Montgomery joins Jonathan to discuss plant behavior, adaptation, and communication—plus, the question on everyone’s minds: will Jonathan’s lantana plants survive the winter?!

Beronda L. Montgomery is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, she was named one of Cell’s 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.


Professor Montgomery’s new book Lessons From Plants, published by Harvard University Press, will be released on April 6 and is available for pre-order now. You can keep up with #LessonsFromPlants on Twitter @PlantLessons.


Professor Montgomery is on Twitter @BerondaM and Instagram @beronda_m. Harvard University Press is on Twitter at @Harvard_Press and @HarvardUPLondon.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Professor Beronda Montgomery JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Michigan State University Professor Beronda Montgomery, where I ask her: Are Plants Literal Geniuses? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited for this episode because I have been wanting to learn about trees for so long. Without any further ado, welcome to the show, Professor Beronda Montgomery, who is a molecular and biology and microbiology and molecular genetics at Michigan State University. Professor, the resumé! And welcome. PROF. BERONDA MONTGOMERY [00:00:44] Thank you so very much. I think my mom is most excited about the resume, but thanks a lot. JVN [00:00:49] I mean, I can see why! You have like a literal “and,” and you are a pr

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