Plant science hoax

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Published on: November 16, 2012

At SpotOn London 2012, I went to a session discussion the prevention of academic fraud. When I was thinking of a Friday Film for this week, I remembered this amazing Panorama hoax from 1957. True, it’s not exactly academic fraud, but it is a false story about plant science, and people actually believed it! I love the deadpan references to plant breeders, environmental conditions, and a plant pest.

Credit: Alexandra Palace Television Society

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