This short spell in Stellenbosch is now drawing to a close. We have achieved much in developing the relationship with the abalone farm, Abagold and putting in place everything that is required to ensure a successful visit by the two BU students later this (N. Hemisphere) summer. Received congratulations from the host, Charlotte, at the guest house for being in Stellenbosch on the hottest day in over a hundred years. On Tuesday the temperature reached in excess of 41 degrees and it was reported as the hottest place on the planet. The report on the visit is just about complete so just tidying up loose ends now. I did manage to find time to do a little pond-dipping to get a water sample for Genoveva Esteban (hopefully it will contain the mini-beasts that she is looking for). I think it may take some patient microscope work! See you all soon.
Tagged / abalone
Here in South Africa kicking off the Fusion Fund project on controlling pest infestations in abalone aquaculture. I arrived safely in Stellenbosch yesterday after the overnight flight from Heathrow. It was nearly two hours late but actually arriving at 08.30 rather than 06.30 local time is not a bad thing. I met up with Carol (Dr Carol Simon) in the Botany and Zoology Department of Stellenbosch University today. Two BU students will be here on the Fusion Fund project early this summer so sorting out the details for their visit are the first priority. We need to plan all the experimental work carefully to make sure we don’t lose time and get everything done (I should say achieve all the objectives!) that we need to during their research visit.