Recently, Kieran and I travelled to Monahans, Texas to collect Helianthus neglectus. It was a quick, fun trip in which we collected 8 dune and 10 non-dune populations. The seeds we collected are sorted and available in the lab in two boxes labelled “Helianthus neglectus – Monahans, Texas – Oct 2012″. Finally, I’ve posted the GPS coordinates and (usually) two photos for each site we collected from below. I will add more information about the habitat characteristics (vegetation cover and soil components) as it becomes available.
I had been having some trouble getting 96-well plate DNA extractions working consistently with our homemade regents, so Greg O and I decided to do a side by side comparison of our reagents with the Qiagen regents. Here are our results:
Our lab is currently paying for one bench in the Horticulture greenhouse for general purposes (Zone 4, Bench #1). This bench is intended for small, short-term projects only. If you need more than ~1/3 of a bench, please make your own arrangements.
About the space: . . . Continue reading
Below are settings that appear to get my computer (a MacBook) to communicate properly with the lab projector. I don’t promise that these settings will work for any other computer.
System preferences -> Displays
This will bring up two windows. One that corresponds to your computer screen and one that corresponds to the projector (see the top of the windows to determine which is which). Note that you can use the gather windows button to bring the projector window on to your computer screen.
Under the arrangement tab on the computer screen window uncheck mirror displays.
Under the display tab on the projector window choose 1024 x 768.
Note that choosing a widescreen resolution for the projector (e.g. 1600 x 900) results in a cut-off picture even though the projector claims to be widescreen.
I hope this is helpful!