Feb 24, 2022
Joe Lewis is an internationally
renowned scientist recognized for his work in entomology and
agricultural studies. His discoveries in the behavioral and
chemical interactions of parasitoids, insect herbivores, and plants
have played a critical role in our understanding of ecological
growing. He is also the author of A New Farm Language: How a
Sharecropper's Son Discovered a World of Talking Plants, Smart
Insects, and Natural Solutions.
Listen as Joe and John
- Joe’s introduction to
agriculture growing up on a Mississippi cotton farm
- The discovery of plants
utilizing chemical compounds to alert parasitic wasps to the
presence of caterpillars.
- The first demonstration of associative learning
in parasitic wasps.
- Sensitivity of signals between
plants and parasitic wasps, including how they differentiate from
food and host.
- Environmental impacts that have
led to unbalanced increases in insect pressures.
- The value of cover cropping to
provide a nectar source for insects during production
- Changing the paradigm from “how
to kill this pest” to “why is this pest a pest?”
A New Farm Language by Joe