Arrival in Lima

This morning I have arrived in Lima. I wanted to send an update before leaving, but things were very hectic in the last week. There were a lot of small things to take care of both for work to be done in Freising as for this excursion.

Today I landed in Lima at 5:30 a.m. The city was covered in its usual grey cloud blanket, but at least there was not much traffic. At the hotel (1,25 hours of city traffic later, instead of the usual 2 hours), I tried to get a little bit of extra rest, but after I laid down on my bed for about 5 minutes, I got a phone call from Philippe, my collection partner the coming two weeks, that we needed to go shopping. He forgot some things and I realised that I also didn’t pack my sunglasses and the taxi driver said that outside Lima, the spring has started.
So, after a quick breakfast, we wandered around aimlessly in a part of Lima called La Molina to find all the tings we needed.

For lunch we met with Hannele Lindqvist, one of our contacts at CIP, to go trough the project details, and of course to enjoy an absolutely lovely ceviche. After lunch we went straight to the CIP to collect all things we need in the field, like bags, samples, boxes, scissors. You name it. We went through some of the protocols and the schedule for the week to come and waited for our car to be dropped off. I can tell you one thing. It’s big, and it looks like we definitely have to go off road for our prospecting. Let’s see.

Now its time for a quick dinner, then some checking of coordinates for the populations that we want to find tomorrow and off to bed. Tomorrow we’ll leave early!






At the moment I am just hanging on my sofa and trying to update my website. In less than a week, Philippe Prior and I will be in Lima, performing the last checks for our field trips around Lima.

With our SPiRaSOL project, we are going to try several to sample pathogens from wild tomato, so that we¬† know which ones are the best. We will collect from at least four different plant species and aim to visit as many sites as possible. We’ll focus on Phytophthora infestans and Ralstonia spp. If the project is successful it will open ways for a lot of possible follow-up work to investigate the diversity of plant pathogens in the wild.

But, before we go, we still have a lot to sort. Our colleagues at the CIP are helping us getting a lot of things sorted, permits, hotels, car rental, but we still have to check all materials that we need and we have to make sure we know our routes. Thus we have to double check the locations for the wild tomatoes and also make sure not to forget packing our GPS.