After receiving the C. sphaerospermum from LBL, we wanted to create glycerol stocks and begin testing the growth of the fungus for controls.
We cultured the fungus on Potato Dextrose Agar plates with a variation of YPD media. Plates with YPD grew faster and spread throughout more of the agar.
We have the Radiation-utilizing fungi!
Beyond Berlin has signed an official Material Transfer Agreement with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to received biological materials. A scientist [ask for name
] at LBL has spent his career searching for rare extremophiles such as the radiation absorbing C. sphaerospermum
and has been kind enough to send us our first samples for testing.
Now the fun begins...
We have successfully grown up samples of the fungus and created cryostock for future use. Next stop, genetic engineering of the MTR electrogenic pathway! And radiation experiments! And more!
The conference took place at the Centre International de Conferences Genève in Geneva, Switzerland.
We presented a poster
We had lots of fun!!
There Was Radiation Art!
One of the greatest parts of the IRPA event was an art exhibit for radiation-based art that was occurring simultaneously.
"During the Congress, an exhibition will bridge the gap between science and art. Textile artists from around the world have been invited to display their artistic approach to the theme “Radiation”. The perspective of these artists ranges from the beauty and aesthetic appeal of radiation to research and technical applications without concealing the darker sides. The ultimate challenge is how to convert this abstract theme onto the soft media of fabric. We invite you to take this unique opportunity to experience your field of work from a new angle!"