Assisting Tomomi

6/16/2013

 
Over the weekend, Rachael and I were able to assist Tomomi with some grad research on microrhizobial bacteria and hog peanut plants. We began in the KBS greenhouse with hot peanuts that have been producing seed pods. We collected the seeds from each plant and placed them in manila envelopes that matched the individually marked plants. A couple hours of work, but it certainly went faster then when Tomomi collects them on her own. 

We continued to the Palmer Nature Preserve to collect more hog peanuts from a wet soil location and plant them in the greenhouse. This included making a new soil mix in a kiddie play pool! 
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Pool time! Making a soil mix.
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Carefully collecting every single seed pod.
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There are soooo many seed pods!
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Digging up a few hog peanuts.
On Sunday, we worked a little in the lab setting up some new cultures of the bacteria. We then continued to Pierce Cedar Creek to mark hog peanut plants that are growing naturally.
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A little friend found at Pierce
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The hog peanuts were a little difficult to extract from the ground...lots of roots!
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Guiding traffic on the trail with the flags.
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Making sure to reflect on the experience
 



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