Lithops project blog

Lithops project blog


This is the blog page of the Lithops Project, in which we investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the enigmatic African "stone plants" belonging the genus Lithops.

In the first part of the project, we use hyperspectral and multispectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and the soil on which they grow across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our second month-long field expedition on June 27, 2018. As on the 2016 expedition, we aim to post updates every 2-3 days.

Our imaging expeditions are supported by National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe. Hyperspectral camera equipment is provided by Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd. and the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out

Gotta go

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Mon, April 04, 2016 10:06PM
The pressure is building, so early tomorrow morning we will head north to start our expedition, regardless of the fact that our borrowed hyperspectral camera is still stuck somewhere between DHL and the customs in Cape Town (despite fervent phoning and e-mailing by Allan today, the estimated transit time for the last few kilometres is in the order of five days, which would basically cut a quarter off our field time). Hopefully we'll get the camera transported to us somehow later. In the meantime, we will concentrate on finding Lithops populations, as well as on photography using our multispectral camera setup (i.e., an SLR camera that has been modified so that is can see UV and visible light).

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