I presented some of my work as an ‘oral presentation.’ I had 12 minutes to talk about the entirety of one of my projects!! This is not a lot of time to discuss months and months of work. I was pleased that people asked questions (this means that my presentation was interesting enough that people were paying attention), and that I got a few chuckles on some of my jokes.
My research tests whether or not you can use other plants to predict where ginseng can grow the best. Lots of people use these “indicator species” when they plant ginseng in their backyards (such as spicebush, jack-in-the-pulpit, etc.). However, the ability of these plants to predict how much ginseng can grow haven’t been tested… until now! It turns out, a couple of the species that experts recommend planting ginseng under or near will result in the ginseng plant growing more slowly over time. This could be because certain indicator plants can survive in a wider range of environmental conditions… or Trees and Shrubs can block enough sunlight from coming to the ginseng, and reduce the plants growth. Since the growth of a plant often relates to how many seeds are produced by the plant, planting ginseng near some of these “indicator species” isn’t a good recommendation! However, if you are interested in growing ginseng, plant ginseng underneath Tulip Poplar! Ginseng grew the most when it was under Tulip Poplar trees.
Back into the field at the beginning of August, and then school starts. I am going to be taking my last set of classes… and I can’t wait to learn!