Stories from Rebecca’s First Marsh Trip!

September 11, 2016 Today was my first day out on the marsh! In one day, I became a gate-keeper, a field scientist, and briefly, a storm trooper but not the Star Wars kind. In the morning, Steve and I drove to Mardi Gras World to get the boat and hook it up to the...

Aphids (I think) are buggin’ our plants.

We have insects on our plants. A natural thing to have happen, but kind of a bummer because we have to remove them while trying not to affect the microbial community with chemicals. The insects seem to be aphids, though I have no idea about species, I’m a...

Steve presents at ESA 2016

Steve presented an analysis of the microbial communities in the Spartina alterniflora root zone soil at the ESA 2016 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL! GoMRI also funded this earlier work, a comparison of 16S and ITS amplicon data in a heavily oiled and a lightly oiled...

Makin movies about GoMRI

Here is another belated update. Back on July 17th we went out to our marsh site with a film crew that is making a documentary on the oil spill and the research that is resulting from it. Then next day we showed them the greenhouse work and got some killer shots of...

Tasty mud for our greenhouse plants…

Back on July 15th we went out to Bay Jimmy to get some mud for our greenhouse plants. The idea is that by adding the marsh mud to our pots, we’ll help to maintain our microbial communities in the soil and grass. It was a fun trip that started with a beautiful...

GOMRI video

Here is a video interview with Dr. Sunshine Van Bael at the 2016 GoMRI meeting in Tampa, FL. She gives some background for our work as well as some of our new goals and...

Greenhouse Project Setup

In November 2015, we started by collecting seed to grow endophyte-low Spartina alterniflora plants.   After over-wintering the seeds, we surface sterilized them… …and grew them in a growth chamber We let them grow for about 3 months and moved the...