About bagging an experiment…

I just returned from what was supposed to be a short chat and check-in with Stephan,the person leading our running barley experiment. This evening he planned the fungal infection treatment. When I came in, Stephan had finished spraying and bagging maybe a dozen control plants. Another 200 were waiting. He was very optimistic in thatContinue reading “About bagging an experiment…”

Garchinger Heide – The more I see, the less I know

Yesterday, I took my son out for a quick walk through the Garchinger Heide, which is really turning into my favourite spot to watch plants and butterflies. Every time I go there, there are new species of flowers blooming. Every time I go there, I see a lot of stuff that I don’t know. IContinue reading “Garchinger Heide – The more I see, the less I know”

More shelves or a larger trash bin?

I’ve been doing a bit of cleaning up lately. There were quite some manuscripts that I wrote or co-wrote that are still in various stages of the publishing pipeline. It seems that by the end of next week, I will have finished most of the manuscript work that was still on the desk for theContinue reading “More shelves or a larger trash bin?”

We may just pull this off! (They all laughed at our plans.)

A couple of weeks ago, a new side-project was thrown in my lap. “Remember that guy I told you about? The dentist? We should talk about this soon, his experiment is coming up in May, and we still need to have a look at the final design. It would be good if he could includeContinue reading “We may just pull this off! (They all laughed at our plans.)”

They said take it slow

I think I deserve a short post today. I have just collected my second dose of BioNtech/Pfizer at the end of this afternoon. The doctor told me to take it slow, as the second shot often gives a bigger blow. No alcohol, no sports, sleep well, drink a lot of water. So far, so good.Continue reading “They said take it slow”

Camping in The Jena Experiment

This morning I packed my Tansy plants in a rental trailer, loaded up the Nugg with food, clothes and family, and drove off to Jena. As the rental trailer limited our speed to 80 kmh, we took about four and a half hours to reach or destination – The Jena Experiment – where our newContinue reading “Camping in The Jena Experiment”

I still get nervous about it

Remember the post I wrote about our little Tansy plants – the ones that I prepared for an upcoming field experiment that will be the core project of the new PhD candidate in our team, Lina. While she’s arranging practical matters for the field work, today I finalized the experimental design for that experiment. TheContinue reading “I still get nervous about it”

She’s here!

In September and October me and my boss held interviews for a ‘plant-insect’ PhD position that was available in our group. This was already the second round of advertising and interviewing – I must add – as the first round of advertising earlier last year yielded no suitable candidates. On October 14th, after having hadContinue reading “She’s here!”