Field excursion

Last week Dr. Hynson and PhD student Allie Hall went deep into the Waianaes to sample soil from the last remaining wild Gardenia brighamii on Oahu. This is part of a project in collaboration with the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Oahu Army Natural Resources and the Plant Extinction Prevention Program to help with the restoration of this, and other native gardenia species using mycorrhizal fungi. Sadly the tree was dead, but we are hopeful that our research will aid in this species reintroduction and survivorship in the wild.