My love-hate relationship with rain

Over the past weeks, I have mentioned quite a couple of times the tansy plants that were still growing in our greenhouses, after we had established our field experiment in Jena. First of all, there were the original 120 ‘mother plants’ that were the source for the 18 selection lines that I created and cloned.Continue reading “My love-hate relationship with rain”

The power of team work

After a sleepless night, filled with anxious thought about failing experiments, this morning my team and I met up to ‘start aphid treatments’. They had not yet heard the latest news. They were quite surprised when I said that instead of adding aphids today, we would be removing aphids. Naturally colonizing aphids were the mainContinue reading “The power of team work”

Life-changing experiences: the aftermath

I recently wrote about my experience of losing an internship that was planned in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – after I arrived on-site. I ended that blog by saying that this was a life-changing experience for me. Admittedly, this was a bit of an empty statement without an appropriate follow-up. So here it is. Upon myContinue reading “Life-changing experiences: the aftermath”

I would make the worst orchid tour guide (but I can talk about snakes…)

Before returning home from our trip to the Chiemgauer Alpen, we decided to take a short walk in the Achental, from Marquartstein to a viewpoint called Windeck (probably because it is always windy as fuck – which it was today). The hike was short enough for our son to almost walk all of it twoContinue reading “I would make the worst orchid tour guide (but I can talk about snakes…)”

The very odd-looking stag beetle…

I’ve been lucky enough to find a couple of lesser stag beetles (Dorcus parallelipipedus) in my garden lately. About two weeks ago I found a female, and two days ago my wife found a male, approximately two meters away from the place I found the female, on the same wall. I hope they managed toContinue reading “The very odd-looking stag beetle…”

We’re not THAT important…

Over the past seven months Heike and I have had the challenge of taking care of our son Rafa at home full-time, while also taking care of both of our jobs (mostly) from home office, preserving our relationship, and keeping our sanity in order. Although by now it is hard to deny that there areContinue reading “We’re not THAT important…”