A CRISPR Bite, Episode 4 : "Wine"

Last changed: 30 October 2023

Release date: 18 October 2023.

Is CRISPR the solution to controlling the pest plaguing California’s wine industry? In this episode, we take you to a lab where researchers are using CRISPR to genetically modify a frightening insect called the Glassy-winged sharpshooter responsible for spreading a bacteria and killing vines.

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A CRISPR Bite is supported by the Jean Monnet Network, which is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through the GEAP-3 Network of scientists. This podcast does not reflect the views of our funders. 

This podcast was co-written and hosted by Dr. Lauren Crossland-Marr. Our executive producer is Corinne Ruff. She co-wrote, edited and produced the show. Jake Harper edited this episode. The show was sound designed and engineered by Adriene Lilly. Aaron Crossland made our theme music. Rachael Marr designed our logo. 

Thank you to the GEAP-3 team! Special thanks to Matthew Schnurr, Klara Fischer, and Glenn Stone for their support and advice on this podcast. 



  • Dr. Timothy Martinson, Senior Extension Associate (retired), School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture Section, Cornell AgriTech
  • Dr. Peter Atkinson, Professor of Entomology, University of California, Riverside
  • Dr. Linda Walling, Professor and Geneticist, Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside


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The podcast series A CRISPR bite, is part of the research project GEAP3 - Public Perception Hub (GEAP3 - Genome Editing and Agricultural Policy, Practice, and Public Perceptions - an international social science research consortium that explores how key developments in gene editing are framed and governed, with particular focus on agriculture development and social justice).

Link to the Public Perception Hub project webpage: https://wwww.slu.se/geap3 

Link to the GEAP3 website: https://www.geap3.com/

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