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.
We arrived in Rwanda on Saturday and reached KCCEM in time to unpack and eat before bed. Good news, all our equipment arrived safely with only a few glass jars broken.
Today has been a long day working with KCCEM diploma students. A four hour walk around Kamiranzovu Swamp to identify orchids and other rare and endemic flora followed by an afternoon and evening making growing media and sterile water for a lab day tomorrow.
We had a thunderstorm last night so the electricity has been off until now. More posts tomorrow when Internet available.
Listen out for a feature about the orchid project on the Breakfast Show on Radio BBC Somerset next Monday 16th Feb. According to the producer Josh, Emily and the orchid project is due to run on Monday’s breakfast show at 653 and 852 at the moment. Times may change but it will be available on I player later.
Heavy snow is making the news in Canada. Fortunately the Canadians know how to keep things running even if delayed to allow for runway clearing and plane de-icing.
Here are some opportunities: Cameron teaches in an Inuit community in Northern Canada – are there opportunities for plant science in the Arctic? Dan runs remote science labs out of Colorado – could we create a robotic remote DNA or Orchid lab in the studio school? Comments welcome.
P.s. Toronto is really snowy as you can see from the hotel photo.