Friday, February 10, 2012

Visiting Angela Cordle in the Cheng Lab

Today we visited a real plant laboratory: the Cheng Lab and the University of Iowa. 

Thanks to Angela Cordle and Dr Cheng for giving us arabidopsis seeds for our experiments. 

Angela showed us what to expect when our own seeds germinate and grow and how to collect seeds from our own "crops."

Can you imagine that this tiny little dark spot at the bottom of this little tube contains three hundred seeds? Let's get planting!

Angela told us how to ensure that they all germinate at the same time by "vernalizing" them. This simulates winter time by exposing the seeds to cold for a few days. This will be our project for the weekend. Stay tuned!