Stomata seen in the T.S. of wild plant leaf

T.S. OF leaf of wild plant its leaf look like a leaf of Ficus religiosa (peepal). The leaf blade of this plant becomes slightly thick than the Ficus religiosa. It has two more sharp corner besides the main Sharp end of leaf. The number of stomata present under the surface of leaf are found to...

Creating slides by graduate students for Foldscope

In continuation to our previous post, we decided to show individuals a wide range of  parasites and bacteria that could reside on clothes.  For this, we have picked few soiled clothing, unwashed clothes for more than a month and used them for preparation of slides.   We anticipate that these slides when inserted in foldscope…

One Day Workshop on Foldscope- It’s assembly and applications. Conducted by Madras Veterinary College

DBT Foldscope scheme – ” Foldscopes for diagnosis of rumen acidosis and parasitic infections in cattle”. A one Day Workshop on Foldscope’- It’s assembly and applications was conducted on 14.11.2018 at Student day care centre- seminar hall of Madras Veterinary college by the Dept. of Animal Biotechnology, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Madras Veterinary College Chennai – 07….

Foldscope Utilisation for detection of pebrine disease in muga silkworms

#Indiafoldscopephase1#DBTfoldscope#Muga#Farmers#Assam To eliminate a rigid disease like pebrine (Nosema assama) in muga silkworms, muga mother moth protocol is an urgent need to be adopted in sericulture practicing areas especially in the remote areas where such practices are skipped due to financial issues. Foldscope can do wonders in this concern. It is cost effective as well…

Foldscope workshop with students of commerce

Institute name: CMR National PU College,ITPL, Bangalore Students: Commerce students of I PUC Description: A workshop was conducted with students studying commerce to inculcate interest in studying science using foldscope. Students were fascinated to see various samples of nano materials, mosquitoes and other insects as well as chemicals under the foldscope. They analysed the samples…

Schools Kids getting involved in the Innovation of Foldscope.

Foldscope Awareness program in S.J.T Surana Jain Vidyalaya School

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscopes  for diagnosis of rumen acidosis and parasitic infections in cattle”.  An Awareness program on’ Introduction to Foldscope- An Origami paper microscope”  was held at S.J.T. Surana Jain Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School  ( No.2, Badrian Garden Lane, Park Town) Chennai – 600 003 for the class 9 students on 31.10.2018 by the Dept…

A Hands-On training: Foldscope utilisation in Muga Rearing practices

A Demonstration was given to farmers to have knowledge of actual procedure used to examine the pebrine spores, a stringent disease in muga silkworms and many other silkworms found in Assam by using Foldscope microscope.A live comparison between the conventionally used laboratory microscope and Foldscope microscope to explain its benefits over the other. Also the…

Fibers

Last week, we organized a teachers workshop which had a session on fibers. Teachers worked with a range of fibers to test them for various properties like combustion: There was also a part of the unit where they looked at fibers under a microscope. I thought would be nice to try with a Foldscope. So…

Foldscope kindles curiosity among farmers at Krishi Mela in Bengaluru

We demonstrated the Foldscope for hundreds of farmers at Krishi Mela held at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. They were very curious and surprised to see minute pests under the Foldscope. We also demonstrated specimen separation, slide preparation, etc. The farmers were from several districts like Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Chikkaballapura, Kolar,…

Thrips are a treat to watch under the Foldscope!

Thrips (Order Thysanoptera) are tiny and slender insects with fringed wings. They have unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Many thrips species are pests of agricultural and horticultural crops. Some species are known vectors of plant viruses. Also, several species are beneficial as pollinators as well as predators of other insects or mites. [Specimens from Dr R.R. Rachana]

Foldscope introduced to horticultural farmers in Channapatna, Karnataka

On 30 October 2018, we conducted a workshop entitled “Utility of the Foldscope in Crop Protection: Assessment-cum-Training Workshop for Farmers” at the Department of Horticulture, Channapatna, Ramanagara district of Karnataka. The main purpose of this workshop was to introduce the Foldscope to local farmers and to assess the utility of the gadget in crop protection….

Xylitol

This 5-carbon sugar used as a sugar substitute. Though found naturally in a number of foods, and a product of our normal metabolism, industrially it may be produced from wood and wood products. Here are two images with plane polarized and polarized light.

Poster presentation on Foldscope

A poster presentation was done by our team of GGDSD College at National symposium on “Current Trends and Future Prospects in Biotechnology”- BIOcAMP – 18. The event was organized by, Department of Biotechnology, Society for Biological Engineering (SBE-UIET), Panjab University, Chandigarh Sponsored by – TEQIP-III. Poster presentations were held on first day of the program….

Aspirin Crystals Under Polarized Light

I have always been interested in polarized light and wondered if the foldscope could be made to incorporate it. Knowing nothing about optics, I was pretty sure that the viewing situation would be too compressed for this to work…but I still wanted to try. I purchased two plastic, linear polarizing sheets from Edmonds Optics.  I…

Touching young minds of Chilikarani English Medium School

On 31st October 2018, foldscope team of Wetland Research and Training Centre got a chance to interact with the school children of Chilikarani English Medium School located at Balugaon  on the theme “Outreach programme on seagrass biodiversity of Chilika under Foldscope”. The enthusiast participants were the 9th  and 10th class students and their teachers who…