Here are Rosie, Emily and Chloe with their stand. The laminar flow cabinet allows them to demonstrate their laboratory work isolating mycorrhizae from common spotted orchid, using it to germinate orchid seed and testing it for cryogenic storage in liquid nitrogen.
Well done to all the student teams for surviving a day of intense judging and great public interest. Now time to sit down, eat and relax in preparation for day two tomorrow,
This year we have three teams in the National Science and Engineering Competition at the NEC. Well done for getting this far and good luck for the next two days to Maisha, Georgia, Jacob, Tom, Chloe. Emily. Rosie and James.
We have finally got WIFI back! Girls from FAWE School arrived at KCCEM on Tuesday evening and it was an early start on Wednesday to explore Karimanzpvu and research the micro habitats of the orchids growing there. Girls worked in groups of three to gather data and then wrote about their observations for an article to be published in the UK. More updates tomorrow,
All 27 students on the KCCEM Wildlife Management Diploma have now successfully carried out orchid seed sowing and re-plating. Big thanks to Zoe and Heather for setting up the lab so brilliantly last August and Annie for working so hard today.
Seed sowing was greenpod of Polystachya adansoniae a gorgeous small flowered epiphyte found in the swamp forest around Kamiranzovu swamp.
Students from FAWE School arrive tomorrow.