I talked to the Genetic professor at South Dakota State University yesterday. I introduced myself, told him that I'm part of the United Peafowl Association, explained that Charcoal peafowl are a variety of peafowl that have had some problems with the variety. The biggest issue with them is the peahens are sterile. After some filling in blank spaces about peafowl, I was able to peak his interest enough that he wants me to put a PowerPoint together to teach him. He also agreed to helping me with my genetic research project that I want to do on Charcoal peafowl, to see what's causing the infertility. Now I get to do some genetic research on Charcoal peafowl. He seems very interested and wants to learn more. He told me that I could apply for an undergrad grant and it could cover the genome testing on them. There are a few things I need to do, get a PowerPoint for him to teach him more on peafowl. This is going to be fairly easy for me to get the material, as for how fast he'll learn don't know. He seemed to be able to follow along when I started explaining some details further. I also need to see if I can get pedigrees on some Charcoal peafowl from Charcoal peafowl breeders. After that I can get blood samples, the professor says the blood should work for genome testing. I shouldn't need many blood samples since it's trying to learn the relationship between the color and fertility. So eventually I will need blood samples from Charcoal peacocks, peahens, and Indian Blue peacocks and peahens. The reason for the IB blood samples is so we can look at the genetic code of the original peafowl. Then comparing it to Charcoals genes we should be able to see the differences. As for the genome reading part, that's what I need the professor for. I have no idea how to read and interpret a genome map. I'm so excited that I get to do genetic research project on Charcoal peafowl. There's one hold up to it, not a bad one though, the professor is going to be leaving next week and won't be back til mid September. At least this gives me time to set up a PowerPoint and hopefully get Pedigrees from Charcoal breeders. The professor also said that out of the 9 years he's been teaching, he's never had a freshman, within the first week of school, walk into his office wanting to do genetic research, especially on peafowl. He also said that he's never seen a student like me before. I'm so happy!