Filming in Addis

Muddy shoes
L.C. has started to film the various steps of genebank procedures taking place in Addis, to produce a few interesting short illustrative movies for some of the website pages. We have been calling him at odd times (some things happen unexpectedly!) whenever something is going on at the genebank. Good he leaves nearby!… He has also been drinking a lot of tea while waiting (he does not like the Zebu club coffee at ILRI!!!) as things take sometimes time to set up.

It is rainy season in Addis and that means waiting for the rain to stop to do the shooting, perhaps an extra budget to clean the muddy shoes (?!) and having extra shoes in the office for the daily shooting in the soft and wet fields (at least for me that in the last few months have been mostly working at my computer with very limited field work…)  

Yellow soil marks
We have decided to try to follow the individual plant growth of a few grasses and legumes in the field. We have selected some nice plots to follow and trying to use yellow plastic labels to mark the plants being followed. Let’s hope they will not be removed and the right angle is maintained to have a nice sequence!

Field trip
We also went to the field station in Debra Zeit to film the seed cleaning process that started last week. We got very nice shootings of the various seed types being cleaned and threshed with different methods. We also got delayed with a two hour power cut that did not allow the seed cleaning machines to work. Good that we did not need electricity to film the work in the field, so we could make a good use of the time! The weather was much warmer than Addis and the fields lovely maintained with a grass path between the plots.



  1. Luigi said

    That’s a good idea about filming genebank procedures. I believe CIP has some clips on YouTube. I suppose you’ll also be building up a comprehensive library of still photographs? I think that could be an interesting public awareness tool. I took a few snaps of genebank prodedures during a recent trip to the USDA genebank at Ames:

    • cropgenebank said

      Thanks for your comment and the link to the great photos. Can we use some on our site? If you browse on our pages you will see we are compiling the similar photos from various genebanks. These would be great contributions to that!

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