by Srishti Batra – This New Year, I started some new work for my project. I have started doing some field studies, which is very different and new for me as I am used to working in lab.
My project is about plant derived pesticides. While collecting volatile samples from plants, I observed a lot of beautiful birds, insects, plants and their amazing interactions in nature. It’s fun and refreshing to be in the field.
Below is a picture of our volatile sampling setup in field. We use PDMS and SPME methods for collecting volatiles non-invasively and directly from the growing plants.