University of Sydney

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Today was a wonderfully sunny day (27 degrees C)!  I took a nice stroll through Cromer, NSW at just 9 this morning and was dripping with sweat after an hour.  That is a nice change from what I hear the weather is like back home right now (in the 20's F).  Following my walk, Frank and I went for a very nice lunch at the Forest Lodge pub near the University of Sydney and met with researchers Dr. Osu Lilje, Katie, and Anna. We has a great time discussing each of our project work.  In their lab, Osu and Katie are focussed on culturing mostly freshwater parasites and are beginning to do molecular analyses to determine presence and abundance of known and target species.  Anna is working on using museum collections to explore historical changes in native crafts of Papua New Guinea.  It sounds like Osu is excited to see how we collect Labyrinthula samples and our culture methods.  Since very little research has been completed on Labyrinthula here is Australia, I think the findings will be very interesting internationally and that if we are able to pull off this initial study we may have a paper in hand!   It will require some steadfast effort to get the lab set up, but I think if we are able to do that, the results, any results, will be very interesting.  Osu is working on getting me access to the University with a volunteer permit, then the real fun begins!  I look forward to spending some long hours culturing my elusive bug...