Congratulations to all of the schools that returned the record sheets and samples (if required). Your data is incredibly important!
I hope you all had fun with the 2017 project! Wilson Primary School appeared to!
This year we had 53 samples sent in, of which only 6 were successfully tested. Unfortunately, this is much lower than previous years however plenty of discussion can occur in the classroom.
First lets consider why not all of the samples were viable… many samples simply did not survive the transportation as they were sampled then a couple days later sent to the university, or delayed over the weekend at the post office, or simply got too hot during the transportation. Can you think of some other reasons?
The data also provides us with many discussion point, if you want to read more please check our results page.
Have you caught mildew? It appears that Peter Moyes Anglican Community School does!
Far away, you cant tell but up close it is very obvious the Baudin the infected by the Powder Mildew!
Once the infection was notice the school quickly noted it’s appearance on the record sheet and continue to grow all of the plants – just in case they infected the other varieties and good thing they did! After 5 weeks of growing all varieties of barley and wheat, it was found that only their Baudin was susceptible to the local strains of powdery mildew.
Finally, the students swapped and took leaf samples of the infection for the scientists at Curtin University. Since then, the samples arrived the mildew was tested a range of different barley varieties to determine which genes were resistant to that local strain.
Great work to all the schools watched their plants carefully!
With over 75 school groups, from all over WA, registered to participate in Mildew Mania 2017, it is great to see the variety ways that groups have organised their plants for the projects.
These are great set ups as the plants are out in the open with plenty of sunshine, rain and wind. You do want to protect your plants a little so that the wind does not damage and inhibit the plant’s growth but the wind is also helpful for spreading the local strains of powdery mildew that we are trying to ‘catch’.
Here are two of my favourites! Maybe they will inspire you for 2018?
Stay tuned for more photos…it might be featuring your school next!
Jerracuttup investigates the big and the small to unravel the mildew story
The students at Jerracuttup are no strangers to crop diseases and broad acre farming as most of them live on farms themselves. They’ve have been using multiple techniques to investigate the ins and outs of barley powdery mildew pathology. They’ve used cool digital microscopes to view the pustules up close to classify the disease and confirm that it is in fact mildew. On top of that they’ve looked at the interaction between mildew infection and various environmental factors such as wind direction, orientation of the plants to the sun, and growth rates of barley to various fertiliser applications.
Runs as quick as a Bolt! Check out the Dry’s Mildew Mania setup where their plants went from green and vibrant to covered in mildew within 2 weeks
Canning Vale Homeschool spies mildew lurking in their barley. Samples captured, sampled, sent, and now being processed at Curtin University.
Mildew Mania has real life impacts on the agricultural industry, Nola impresses scientist and agronomists from all over Australia with extraordinary efforts of WA students
Mildew Mania welcomes our newest Mildew Maniac!
Please give a warm welcome to King Yin who has recently joined the Science outreach team at Curtin University. She will be working behind the scene to coordinate Mildew Mania and other activities for the Centre for Crop and Disease Management. She’d love for you to send in your photos of Mildew Mania (and Maniacs) in action and get a taste of what she has gotten herself into!