Life in a drop o water; secret handshakes

I love the secret handshakes every organism in this video has for one another. They all react when interacting to other organisms – but quiet differently. In the past we have discussed on toxins presented on the surface; but I had not appreciated the diversity of “reactions” a single felled organism would have when seeing…

Day 7: Lichen cultures

Continuing from my previous post, I am going to try and keep an eye on the succession of life in my lichen cultures. For this, I have 6 different lichens collected from different trees put into petridishes containing RO water. Below, I categorize all life I could see after 1 week. Here are results from three…

Water mite (?) and ciliate in freshwater aquarium

I have a 55 gallon aquarium that houses  one giant ‘red terror’ cichlid, 3 silver dollar fish and a catfish. I stirred up the gravel at the bottom of the tank and collected some of the muck that had settled down there.  Then I imaged a drop in my foldscope. I used a glass slide and…

Ecosystem networks and flux

Any species that we observe under a microscope is part of an ecological network that depends on resources and interactions with other species. Think of all the ecosystems we are so used to seeing and reading about regularly: Serengeti, Yosemite, Kaziranga, Madagascar and Artic, each of these have completely different profiles of macro-species from the…

A gift that keeps on giving – flowers from Mother’s Day 

Here I share an incredible source of microscopic biodiversity; which others in the Foldscope community will find fruitful to explore as well. I am often looking for ponds and lakes to sample single cell Protozoa I can find. I truly enjoy watching these “little machines” and the pleasure of finding new ones is immense.  So…