When I was growing up, my parents ingrained a bunch of slogans in me. They encapsulated valuable life lessons like "Attitude is a choice," "It's the beach stupid," and "Fly, Eagles, Fly!"
But one that Mom was particularly fond of saying seems especially resonant today:
"I'd rather be lucky than good."
(Dad's counterpoint was, of course, "Serendipity favors the prepared mind.")
Today, I'm feeling very, very lucky.
Because when I unpacked the control seedlings (the ones that, as I explained here, are supposed to stay "clean" throughout the experiment) today, I found no fungal contamination on their root systems!
|My how you've grown! The greenhouse seedlings are mostly|
thriving more than six months after their November replanting.
The first seedlings that we've harvested following checking the controls are ones that show evidence of fungal fruiting bodies (i.e., mushroom formation) like this:
|The fuzzy brown mound around the base of the seedling|
is a fungal fruiting body, indicating risk of contamination.
(Photo taken by I.A. Dickie.)
|Lots of time at the microscope is on tap for the next couple of|
weeks! The grid helps us quickly measure root system size.
|This highly-branched chunk of the root system indicates|
the presence of mutualistic fungi, wrapping themselves like
a comfortable blanket around the seedling's roots.
In any case, I'm keeping myself well-fueled on chocolate, and looking forward to the results the next few days will bring!
|They had a sale at the supermarket today...|