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).
Don’t miss this Year’s big orchid event. Our Christmas orchid festival will include displays from societies from across the South West and sales from Burnham Nurseries and the Orchid Project. The show is open from 10am until 4pm.
The photo shows our students from Peasedown getting ready for the show and clearly dreaming of a pink Christmas amongst the Laelias in Cool America.
And another star and keeping up with its winning streak is our giant fimbriata. It has won ‘Any Other Species’ as well as a Certificate of Cultural Commendation. Our Oncidium excavation won an award of merit as well as our display as a whole.
Look what won ‘Best in Show’, ‘Best Species’, ‘Laelinae Species’ and a Certificate of Cultural Commendation. This stunning plant is about 15 years old which Annie got as a present from a Costa Rica airport… what a star this plant has become!