We spent a wonderful afternoon with the Helderberg Eco-Rangers, a nature club, on Friday, April 29th. The group was energetic and full of enthusiasm for learning about nature. We had a great time learning about plant disease and walking through the reserve to find sick plants for our research.
Before we went out, we cleaned our boots to ensure we were not spreading new microorganisms into the reserve.
During our walk through the beautiful Helderberg Reserve, the Eco-Rangers found many sick plants for us to examine and study.
We even found dying protea plants, which we decided to sample.
After we collected some samples of the dying tissues at the base of the sample, we placed the peices in growth agar to see which microbes grew.