MCB's Prof. Jill Farrant (holder of the SARChI chair in Molecular Plant Physiology) has been featured in an episode of the award-winning PBS documentary "H2O: The Molecule That Made Us". The programme, a landmark, three-part series that tells the human story through our relationship to water, premiered on PBS on Earth Day 2020. It has since gone on to win the Jackson Wild Award for Best Limited Series (long form) and the Wildscreen Nat Geo WILD Series Award for 2020.
H2O, The Molecule That Made Us documents the impact of a shrinking water supply in locations spanning South Africa, Gaza, the U.S. and other parts of the world. The South African portion features Prof. Farrant and her research on and knowledge about the desiccation tolerant plants of Southern Africa and what they could mean for future crop engineering.
Directors Nicolas Brown and Alex Tate, and Producer David Allen demonstrate how our success is intimately connected to our control of the molecule, but that the growth of our civilizations has also created a dangerous dependence on a precious resource.
Watch the clip of Prof. Farrant's interview here.