Exciting developments!! The way I see it, genetics is going to play an increasing role in the future, for all sorts of things! First "mainstream" ecosystemic approaches to the microbial populations of the soil look like they're going to start relying on genetic markers to follow the development of microbial group balances more and more, and it's likely not to be the only area where this is the case. So I suspect it'll be great for you to have that solid foundation there, way beyond "just" per se breeding! Wohoo! So you're on it!!!! Congrats! Last time we talked, the greenhouse takeover was still up in the air! haha, you go man!!! At the mo, I'm mainly rethinking my tea brewing, next Tuesday my biochar friend is dropping by and bringing me something I hope to make into a nice clean tank. I'm coming to the conclusion that my ACT woes were due to biofilms accumulating in diverse parts of my improvised setups, plus have been learning a thing or two regarding the brewing process that make me hopeful. With the new brewer in place, I just have to find a good compost with a fungal:bacterial ratio of 2-5 (haha I suspect I'm going to have to make that myself first and postpone to next year), then I could be starting my proof of concept project this year! An acquaintance from the local permaculture circle is allowing me to try remediating a severe downy mildew problem in a little vinyard nearby using the microbial approach. He's going to help trying to source that compost (and I may get hooked up with a good wood chips source for myself too in the process!), will probably be willing to help with any heavy lifting needed, and seems disposed to earnestly consider anything I may recommend in terms of management practices. But otherwise, I'm pretty much alone on it, which has its downsides, but also is getting me into the hands-on implementation side of things, raising specific questions I haven't been aware of to now. So a great learning opportunity, no matter how it pans out! Cheers!