Yes, I wanted to write something microbiological during this Microbiology Week over at Deep-Sea News, but I fear that another week is flying past me with good intentions trailing behind. But please go there and read the interesting post on cold-water coral disease: the organism that they write about, Vibrio splendidus, is related to the coral pathogen, Vibrio coralliilyticus, that my lab is so interested in and that we are examing using both proteomic and genomic approaches. Like our coral pathogen of interest, Vibrio splendidus causes disease in warmer waters - a trend that is common among the Vibrios. We're interested in the 'why' of this, in other words, what gets 'turned on' (focusing on virulence factors) in the organism as the waters warm.
Today is my Dad's 74th birthday. My brother and I are sending him and my mother a lobster dinner for his birthday - lobster and a few side dishes for the two of them and for a neighbor couple who have been invaluable during this challenging time for my parents. A sister of my mother's has convinced me to lay low for the month of September, telling my brother and I that we can't burn out early in this year of lung cancer. So we aren't there, we're just sending lobster - no substitute for your children in the flesh, but a tasty substitute nonetheless...right?
All of this rain in the southeast, yet the leaves underneath my live oaks remain dry. How disappointing is that? At present they say that we are 12" below normal with respect to average rainfall - I think about all of the new plants that I put in the ground in late winter and early spring, in anticipation of rains - but instead I've been struggling with keeping everything watered. But this morning, while walking around the dogs in the garden, I made a mental list of the plants that didn't seem to mind that the season had been so dry. I need to put that list on paper.
I need to plant my fall vegetable garden. Here are some fall planting guidelines for key crops:
- Brocolli Aug. 10 - Sept. 15
- Kale Aug. 10 - Sept. 15
- Lettuce, head Aug. 15 - Oct. 1
- Radish Sept. 1 - Nov. 1
- Spinach Oct. 1 - Nov. 10
- Turnips Aug. 25 - Oct. 15
- Mustard Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
(From the Cross Garden Center Vegetable Planting Chart - I have good luck with these guidelines - onions should also be planted now, and garlic, and it's a few weeks late for leaf lettuce, but I'll probably try some anyway).
I'm going through a crash course at work on web schematics and design. Yes, www.coralmicrobes.org (and .net and .com) are now ours! They're being held by GoDaddy until our schematic actually has code associated with - and thanks to a generous new colleague and collaborators at a large (and infinitely more computer savvy) university up the road - I'm feeling optimistic about what this site might become.
Gotta work on a manuscript now.