Sewing & Science

Sewing and science seem like an odd pairing. However, especially in ecology, there is often need to craft something for research projects - enough in the Mayfield Lab that we have a sewing machine as part of our lab equipment. Within the past year, I have had to used my meager sewing/craft skills to fabricate plots, install grommets, and, now, sew germination bags. 

Seed bag and 20 species of seed that I will use to estimate germination and seed bank.

Seed bag and 20 species of seed that I will use to estimate germination and seed bank.

I will placing these bags out in the field in March 2017 and will collect them after 1 or 2 field seasons to estimate germination and seed bank survival of 20 different plant species. In each pocket, there is a number of seeds for each species.

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At the end of each field season (2017 & 2018), I will pick up a set of the bags and then count the remaining ungerminated seeds and enumerate which seeds are still viable. It will be a slow project but will hopefully produce interesting results 2 years from now.