Recently in the lab, workers have been preparing quarter strength potato dextrose agar (QPDA) and full strength potato dextrose agar (FPDA) in order to grow the pathogens. In the image above, graduate student Winnie is using petri dishes with the QPDA and inoculating the pathogen in a laminar flow hood. This process requires extreme care in order to prevent any contamination, hindering the pathogen from growing properly. The image below is after inoculation is complete. Over the next few weeks, graduate students will be monitoring their growth before moving on to the next steps.