Nematology 100 Field Trip Checklist

Rev 10/04/07

When Who What
At first class Ferris
  1. Inform students of field trip requirement as a component of the class.
  2. Poll students for most convenient available Saturday
After first class Ferris Reserve vehicles
After first class Ferris Contact growers: Stanton Lange, maybe Fondse, David Viguie of Timothy and Viguie Farms (707-678-2869, 530-681-1621), Stan Lester
After first class Westerdahl Contact Farm Advisors
Week preceding Ferris + TA Sampling Equipment:
Oakfield tubes
Veihmeyer tubes plus mallets
Power auger with gas (25:1 gas:2-cycle oil)
Tool chest
Plastic bags
Marking pens
2 ice chests
Water jug + cups
First Aid Kit
Call Robbie at Dawsons re lunch schedule 707-678-2067
Week preceding Ferris + TA Extraction Equipment:
6 x 500 ml beakers for decanting
2 x 20-mesh top sieves
2 x 100-mesh sieves for Xiphinema
1 x 60-mesh sieves for cysts
2 x 325-mesh sieves for Criconemoides
2 buckets
Field centrifuge and hand centrifuge
Centrifuge tubes for both and tube rack
1L x 1M sucrose solution (not any stronger)\
2 x spatulas
2 x 2L Ehrlenmeyer flasks
2 funnels with bicycle tube
1 wide-neck funnel with mesh for soil sifting
2 ring stands
2 x 150ml beakers
10 counting dishes
5 petri dishes
3 wash bottles
microscope slides and coverslips
fingernail polish
5 nematode picks
Week preceding Ferris + TA + Westerdahl Field Laboratory:
2 extension cords
2 power strips
2 folding tables or table-tops with legs
1 compound microscopes (check optics)
1 traveling microscope
3 dissecting microscopes, Wild + another (check optics)
5 microscope lights
2 wind deflectors (boxes or half buckets)
Afternoon before Ferris + TA Pick up vehicles and load
On return Ferris + Westerdahl Unload and return vehicles
Following Monday Ferris + TA Clean up and store equipment
During Field Trip Ferris
Handout outline
Introduce growers and farm advisors
Discuss sampling and stratification
Discuss target-specific extraction procedures
Reminders to students:
  •           Safety with equipment
  •           Clean equipment between sites
  •           Sample from where nematodes are likely to be located - root zones and susceptible cultivars in non-fumigated sites
  • Achieve pooled samples by compositing cores from same sites by different students and using subsamples
  • Consider division of labor - samplers, extractors, identifiers and nematode mounters
  • Determine and record amount of root on coarse screen as an indicator of whether the target site was reached.
During Field Trip Westerdahl Circulate among vehicles and discuss:
  1. What is an Extension Specialist and how did I get to be one?
  2. What are the important issues that need new information and developmental research?
  3. Some examples of how I collaborate with the other faculty.
  4. How I deliver information/education to end users.
  5. Some of my current research projects.
  6. Major nematode problems of crops and locations within my jurisdiction.
  7. Other major nematode problems in California.
During Field Trip Ferris Circulate among vehicles and discuss:
  1. Major and career goals of each student
  2. Ideas for Term Project
After Field Trip Ferris Letter of Appreciation to Farm Advisors

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