Before starting out on my phage hunt, I did a bit of background research on Pseudomonas fluorescens, the bacterial species we are trying to infect. I found that P. fluorescens has a commensal relationship with plants. It enhances plants wellbeing through pathogenic defence, pollutant degradation and nutrient uptake assistance. It is therefore a valuable ingredient in modern agriculture. With this knowledge, I realised that perhaps I lived in the perfect area for a successful hunt for Albany used to be full of orchards. I had a suspicion that perhaps my phage was lurking beneath the roots of orchard trees. Of the ten environmental samples I collected, the soils from underneath pear trees in the remnant orchard Kell Park, appear to be the most promising… and the most exciting!