Week two… Getting ready for field work.

Here is the set up I am using in the lab, it is a simple one but I am hoping it is effective.

Here is the set up I am using in the lab, it is a simple one but I am hoping it is effective.

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Week two is about getting logistics set up for going out into the field and getting things set up in the lab. I will be using the Bareman Funnel technique to extract nematodes from soil,Here I have assembled my funnels and put screens in place, I will put soil samples in cheese cloth and place them in the funnels and flood the funnels with water and allow them to set for 24-36 hrs. The critters I am looking for will come out of the soil samples and be collected by gravity in the tubing attached to the bottom of the funnels, I will then drain the water and examine what I collect through a microscope.. lets hope it works!! I am excited to see what we will find.

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