Stomata of Tradescantia leaf

Tradescantia is herbaceous perennial wildflower in the family of commenlinaceae. It is ornamental, often grown as groundcover, mainly for its colourful foliage. It distinctively coloured leaves are silvery green with purple on upper and underneath. We observed stomata of tradescantia leaf under foldscope. Such a beautiful stomata seen under foldscope .

Foldscope Workshop with I PU students

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore Workshop involving students of I PU (grade 11) was conducted today to enable students understand the convenience of using foldscope. Students were divided into different groups and student trained helped them make slides and observe under the foldscope. They were exicted to see the wonderful nano world…

A worm with bristles? (Unidentified)

Yesterday I got a glimpse of an amazing creature in my algal sample.. a worm that wouldn’t stay still….a worm with bristles… I could also see a clear view of its digestive tract which I believe it had just filled… Dunno what it is but definitely would like to know more! Shall be uploading a…

Poster presentation in Conference on “conservation on natural resources and traditional siddha pharmacological approaches for your future” held on 12-14 December 2018 in Kanyakumari organized by William Research Centre, Nagercoil-1

International Conference on “conservation on natural resources and traditional siddha pharmacological approaches for your future” held on 12-14 December 2018 in Kanyakumari organized by William Research Centre, Nagercoil-1 (First prize in Zoology “Poster presentation”). Poster presentation in Conference on “conservation on natural resources and traditional siddha pharmacological approaches for your future” held on 12-14 December...
Foldscope-Student participants  of the out-campus workshop at the  PG &Research  Department of Botany and Microbilogy,AVVM Sri Pushpam College,Thanjavur

Bifid stigma of Tagetes under foldscope

The stigma of a disc floret of Tagetes was observed under foldscope. It appeared like a circinately coiled structure with a large number of hair or bristles. 

Tagetes Pollen and petals under foldscope

Tagetes erecta commonly called African marigold belongs to family Asteraceae is an easy-to-grow flowering annual that requires very little maintenance. Marigolds are known for their ornamental importance as well as for production of lutein, the yellow compound.  This is an important chemical for eye health, and some companies breed marigolds specifically to produce blooms rich…

Mycelial mattress of Rhizopus stained with LCB

Rhizopus forms long unbranched hyphae called sporangiophores that produce sporangia in an upright fashion once the somatic hyphae have spread considerably. The sporangia at the tips of these upright hyphae are bulbous structures. Branching structures, called rhizoids, anchor the fungus into the substrate, releasing digestive enzymes and absorbing nutrients for the fungus. The mycelial mat…

Soft rot of tomatoes

Tomatoes which were accidentally left out in the kitchen at room temperature for two days showed a cottony growth. On fixing the sample on a slide and observing under a foldscope, branching pattern of hyphae resembling that of Rhizopus stolonifer was observed        (ref. ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/Postharvest_Disorders.pdf) R. stolonifer can cause soft rot on soft fruits. Ripe…

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).

FOLDSCOPY OF AN ISOPOD

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…