Article on foldscope usage in newspaper

The field trip to Lalbagh botanical garden with students of class 9th to use the foldscopes turns out to be an awesome moment. An article regarding the activities carried out by our school,Jnana vijnana vidyapeetha at Lalbagh botanical garden is published in the newspaper – Prajavani today (17th December, 2017).


Isopods are one of the most diverse crustaceans in terms of shape, size and habitats. They dwell in awide variety of habitats ranging from pelagic (free-swimming) to interstial spaces of sand grains and are often abundant in seagrass meadows. Some of them also live as parasites on other animals either temporarily or permanently. Half of…

A request

My journey to the microscopic world began with an ordinary microscope about a year ago. I faced various problems while using it like some thing grew on the lens and blurred the view, it was heavy and not easy to carry and so on. So, I googled ‘Microscope problems’ and watched a video on foldscope…

Observation of Cuticular Surface of Body Parts in Flour Beetle

Cuticular surface of tarsal claw, antenna, forewing and hindwing of flour beetle adult.  Received Best Poster Presentation AwardIn this study, cuticular surface colour variation was observed under Foldscope in linkage with benzoquinone secretion levels on the surface of beetle cuticle. The study was carried out under the DBT-Prakash Lab Foldscope Project (Category-B). The award "Best Poster...

Foldscopy of sponge spicules

Sponges are radially symmetrical metazoans which belong to the phylum Porifera. They are sedentary,a fairly rigid, perforated bag, whose inner surface is lined with flagellated cells called choanocytes. On the outside surface they are lined with spicules.These spicules maybe calcareous or siliceous spicules, or they maybe fibbers composed of a collagenous protein called spongin. The…

Streptococcus pyogenes- Gram positive bacteria

Streptococcus pyogenes is a species of Gram-positive bacterium in the genus Streptococcus. These bacteria are aerotolerant and an extracellular bacterium, made up of non-motile and non-sporing cocci. It is clinically important for humans. It is an infrequent, but usually pathogenic, part of the skin microbiota.

Vibrio- Gram negative bacteria (rod-shaped)

Vibrio is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria, possessing a curved-rod shape, several species of which can cause foodborne infection, usually associated with eating undercooked seafood. Typically found in salt water, Vibrio species are facultative anaerobes that test positive for oxidase and do not form spores.

Candida albicans-species of yeast (single-celled fungus)

Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogenic yeast that is a common member of the human gut flora. It does not proliferate outside the human body. It is detected in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth in 40–60% of healthy adults. It is usually a commensal organism, but it can become pathogenic in immunocompromised individuals under a...

Bacillus cereus- Gram positive rods

Bacillus cereus is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, aerobic, facultatively anaerobic, motile, beta hemolytic bacterium commonly found in soil and food. Some strains are harmful to humans and cause foodborne illness, while other strains can be beneficial as probiotics for animals.

Western black-legged tick

Tick collected from Sonoma county, California. Seen here is an Ixodes pacificus, the Western black-legged tick, which vectors the agent of Lyme disease. But fear not, we know this tick isn’t infected because it’s a larvae and the pathogen is not passed from adult ticks to their offspring. The larval stage is the first of…

motion of micro-organism in the water sample of ECO-PARK, CHEERAPUNJI, ASSAM