CoAdapTree in pictures

Here are some pictures showing the progress on our new project, CoAdapTree.

1. Western larch for transcriptome analysis







2. Lodgepole pine for inoculation pilot

3. Inoculation pilot

4. Lodgepole pine controlled crosses RxR and SxS

5. Pine : 40 seedlots

6. Collection of BC lodgepole pine (and some AB Jack pine): 40 seedlots

7. Sowing 4000 pine seedlings

8. Jack pine for transcriptome analysis



9. Jack pine RNA extraction





Happy designing…

Here is a little help for those of us trying to make a poster.

Usually we spend a lot of time on contents, and try to squish in too much information, but let’s give some thought to the following design elements (which I got from today’s workshop by Jamie Myers, who designs Branchlines): consistency; repetition; alignment; balance; symmetry and the rule of thirds; white space to rest the eye; reduced line length; image resolution; and lastly, colour palette.

Regarding Colour Palette, check out www.color.adobe.com, where you can choose a colour palette based on an image of your own . I include two samples below… This will certainly make choosing colours easier for me. Happy designing!

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The Aitken lab goes to Saturna

What does a group of scientists and tree enthusiasts do when they go on a retreat? They go on hikes (or runs, paddles or swims), they look at trees, plants, landscape features  and wildlife. They cook and eat good food, and play board games at night. They also discuss trees, politics, philosophy and everything in between. In short, they have fun!

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Warm Kale Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing:


Thai dragon bowl soup:

This soup recipe comes from the Rebar modern food cookbook, by Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanowicz (2001), page 145. Since I don’t own copyrights to this book, I can’t just post the recipe, but I encourage you to find this book in your library, or go eat the soup in the Rebar restaurant in Victoria, BC. I will tantalize your tastebuds by mentioning some of the ingredients I used (I don’t follow recipes exactly): ginger, chili pepper, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, lemon, sugar, coconut milk, tofu, rice noodles, snow peas, tomatoes, scallions, bok choy, cilantro, basil, oyster mushrooms. Spinach would also work really well.