It has been an exciting day getting to know members of Orchid Species Preservation Foundation and some inspiring teachers working to introduce orchid education in local schools. I have also been able to see the wonderful and diverse collection OSPF have at the Muttart Conservatory.
Today I will be visiting our partners of the Orchid Species Preservation Foundation of Alberta to run a workshop with local teachers. It is -20C in Edmonton but should warmup to -13C later – a bit if a contrast to our more usual tropical destinations. More photos later.
You may remember that the greenhouse has sensors connected through the Internet of School Things which upload data to the internet. It means that we can always check the greenhouse on cold nights to see that the heating is working and compare greenhouse conditions to those we have recorded in tropical forests. To check on conditions yourself follow this link http://www.iotschools.org.uk/GPRSLogbook/1004.htm and click Xivley Feed and you will see data from both the Warm Asia and Cool Asia sections (The top two feeds are temperature and relative humidity for warm Asia) . Click on the data to get a graphical plot like this:Internet of School Things feed from Warm Asia
Amazing news from the Writhlington Lab – the mycorrhiza isolated by Chloe, Emily and Rosie have survived cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen. The three who have based their research work on methods used at Kew are testing protocols to store orchid mycorrhiza in liquid nitrogen and then ‘bring them back to life’ on recovery media.
Three mycorrhiza named Fred, Herbert and Egbert (don’t ask me ask the girls) spent time at -196 degrees a week ago but are definitely back with their hyphae growing out across their Petri dishes.
You can find out about the girls’ work at our Christmas Orchid Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday 13th December (10am to 4pm).