MOSQUITO REPELLENTS

Students name: Shilpashree.S , Barathi Kumari. College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL Sample name: Ant & cockroach repellent, Mortein & Good night repellents Sample collected at: home Sample viewed at: CMR National PU College , ITPL on 9/3/19 Description:  Me and my friend Bharthi were highly motivated to work on different types of insect…

Coleps: The Piraña of the ciliates

One of the most deadly ciliates that can even take on larger predatory ciliates like Didinium is Coleps. These are barrel-shaped ciliates with characteristic plate-like structures. They often hunt in packs and clean up dead ciliates or weakened ones. I have been inadvertently growing Coleps, while studying interactions between Didinium (the T-Rex of the ciliate…

Foldscope view of Marigold leaves infested with spidermites

Marigold is prized for its bright colours easy to grow nature and require little care. The plant is hardy and perfect for landscape settings and home gardens. While marigolds are typically pest-free and not bothered by most insects, occasional problems may arise with a few common garden pests. I could see some powdery appearance on…

Almond Shell

COLLEGE NAME: CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME: Almond shell SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM,DATE: Bought from shop on 6/2/2019 SAMPLE VIEWED AT,DATE: CMR National PU college on 8/3/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED: Neha , Pragna , Vimarsha , Aishwaria The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with…

Algae growing on the tree trunk

COLLEGE NAME: CMR National PU college ITPL SAMPLE NAME: Algae growing on the tree trunk SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM,DATE: Jack fruit tree near house , 8/3/2019 SAMPLE VIEWED AT,DATE: CMR National PU college ITPL on 8/3/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED: Neha , Pragna , Vimarsha , Aishwarya. Although algae is usually an aquatic plant, some species are able…

SEED COAT OF PEPPER

COLLEGE NAME :CMR National PU College , ITPL . SAMPLE NAME : Pepper Seed Coat . SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM/DATE : Home/11-03-2019 . SAMPLE OBSERVED AT/DATE : CMR National PU College/11-03-2019 . STUDENTS INVOLVED : Bindu , Sushmitha , kruthika , ankitha , trisha , rashmi . The image below is a layer of pepper seed…

DRIED ROSE PETAL FROM GULKAND

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU college ,ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Dried Rose Petal From  Gulkand . SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM/DATE : Home/11-03-2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT/DATE : CMR National PU College/11-03-2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED :  Bindu , sushmitha , kruthika , trisha , ankitha , rashmi . The image below is a dried rose petal from gulkand .   From gulkand…

Fish eye and scales

College name : CMR National PU College, ITPL Sample name : fish eye and scales Sample collected from : shop on 10/03/2019 Sample observed at : CMR national pu college ITPL at 11/03/2019 Students involved : Kruthika,Sushmitha ,Ankitha ,Thrisha,Bindu,Rashmi Compared to terrestrial vertebrates fish lenses are generally more dense and spherical. When viewed under foldscope…

Aphids seen on Chrysanthemums under foldscope

Chrysanthemum plants are in full bloom these days in my garden.Some plants however are still young and have not flowered. The other day, I noticed some flies on it. On moving closer, I saw it infested with aphids. The leaves were showing white sticky patches and dark brown-grey coloured minute pests sticking near the growing…

Exploring the moulted skin of the aphid menace on Rose plant under foldscope

Red and green coloured aphids were noticed on Rose plant. Close observation showed white flies and sticky exudation on the leaves. I had read in my biology class as insects  moult they shed their casts and their whitish cast skins may be mistaken for whiteflies. With our foldscopes ready, we fixed samples and observed some nymphs and…

Plumeria anther!

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL Sample name: Plumeria. ‘Frangipani trees’ . Apocynaceae, Dogbane family. Known as Champa in India! Sample collected from and date: Its captive/cultivated in a garden in Bangalore, IN-KA and it was collected on 7th march 2019. Sample observed at and date: CMR National PU College, ITPL on 8th march…

Pollen and anther of Crown of Thorns!

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL Sample name: Euphorbia milii. ‘Katie’s Crown’. Euphorbiaceae, Spurge family. Common English Name.—Crown of Thorns. Sample collected from and date: Its captive/cultivated in a garden in Bangalore, IN-KA and it was collected on 7th march 2019. Sample observed at and date: CMR National PU College, ITPL on 8th march…

Foldscoping pollen of Fenugreek- a multipurpose crop

Fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum-graecum) is multipurpose crop known for its medicinal and nutritional value (food and fodder both). It is an annual winter plant of the family Fabaceae. The plant has trifoliate compound leaves with somewhat small, obovate leaflets, Flowers are typically yellow coloured and triangular shaped. Calyx is cup shaped with papilionaceous corolla. Stamens form…

ONION FLOWER

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Onion flower SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Shop on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Onion flowers occur in a bunch. They appear white in…

CASTOR SEED AND SPINE

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Castor seed and spine SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi castor seed is a soft and fleshy seed.We…

SEEDS OF JACKFRUIT AND WATER MELON

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College, ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Seeds of Jackfruit and water melon fruits SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Jackfruit from inside is a…

SEED COAT OF JACKFRUIT AND WATER MELON

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Seed coat of jackfruit and water melon SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Jackfruit seed coat, when viewed…

Demonstration Workshop on Utility of the Foldscope in Education and Research on the Occasion of National Science Day

On 28 February 2019, ICAR–National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (ICAR–NBAIR), Bengaluru, and ICAR Research Complex for North Eastern Hill Region (ICAR RCNEHR), Umiam, jointly organised a workshop for B.Sc. (CBZ) students at BGS Science Academy and Research Center in Chikkaballapura, Karnataka. Over 370 students attended the National Science Day celebrations, out which 150 students...

Mold on garlic clove – a post harvest loss

Blue-green moldy growth was observed on a clove of garlic . I prepared a temporary mount from the infected portion and observed it under foldscope. I could see intense fungal growth.

Trichomes on radish leaves under foldscope

Plants have several defense mechanisms against abiotic and biotic stress. Leaf trichomes are uni-cellular or multi-cellular hairs that can be glandular or non-glandular and are believed to protect plants against herbivory and drought. Leaf trichomes production insome plants increases tolerance to drought. Radish leaves also develop trichomes that were seen under foldscope and were found…

Exploring the kitchen garden plants under Foldscope – pollen of radish

Radish, Raphanus sativus is a winter herbaceous annual of family Brassicaceae. The plant has a short hairy stem and a rosette of leaves. The season nearing an end some plants show whitish-pink flowers in corymbose racemes. Stamens bear yellow anthers with short filaments. The pollen isolated from anthers were seen under foldscope. They were oval –…