What a relief! Today we saw our first signs of Laby! After plating our first three sites on medium without required nutrients, I was terrified we had blown it. Time is ending here, and we're still sampling. The cultures were a little stressed from not having the ideal medium, but we got that resolved and replated the samples. We even have positive cultures from Zostera mulleri and Halophila australis. We also have positive signs from all three sites so far. These results are not surprising, though compared with the work I have done in Seattle, I qualitatively observe the prevalence of thicker morphologies, and more positives from roots and soils. I also have some positive results from a brown algae. All this will need to be verified with a better scope this coming week, but compared to yesterday, I am totally elated! I am curious about the store of Laby in the soil and what I observed to be potential zoospores.
Well, tomorrow night the team heads off to sample Posedonia at the low tide in the evening, so I may not be back in time to write much. Will share photos of my jam packed weekend as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!