Foldscope reaches out to young minds…..@ Mycological Society of India meet 2018

45th MSI MEET 2018 hosted by MACS Agharkar, Pune:  National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI) at MACS Agharkar Research Institute, conducted an International Symposium on Fungal Biology: Advances, Applications & Conservation in Pune, India, during 19-21 November 2018, under the aegis of 45 Annual Meeting of Mycological Society of India (MSI-MEET 2018). MSI-MEET 2018…


Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli is classified in the species Brassica oleracea. Broccoli has large flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like structure branching out from a thick, edible stalk. The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli resembles…

Diseased Okra under Foldscope

The Government of Maharashtra established the Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli, Maharashtra on the 18th May 1972 to impart education, conduct research on location specific problems and disseminate the improved crop production technologies amongst the farming community. We obtained diseased Okra samples from Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli from Dr. Mahendra Bhairamkar (Extension training officer, Dept. of extension…

Healthy and Diseased Gerbera leaves

Gerbera L. is a genus of plants in the Asteraceae (daisy family). Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia; also commonly known as the African daisy. Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in many different colours. The capitulum, which has the appearance of a single…

fungal structures and features

Fungal spores attached to Fruiting body observed under foldscope Fungal structures observed under foldscope. Note the peculiar bulge in hypha next to the fruiting body. Fungal spores observed under regular light microscope 40X magnification

ICAR-National Research Center for Grapes, Manjri, Pune is engaged in developing appropriate and economically viable agro techniques for quality grape production and to sustain the productivity and quality through management of biotic and abiotic stresses.  During our visit to the institute on 25th July 2018 we had the opportunity to see their field station.  Grape leaf…

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaf showing stomata

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaf under foldscope: a member of grass family, is a cultivated crop in many parts of India ` Note the symmetrically lined up cells. The leaf was further processed for better visualization of cellular features. Note the stomata along with guard cells placed in a perfect arrangement adjacent to the cells.

Colocasia(Colocasia esculenta) leaf section: stomata

Colocasia(Colocasia esculenta) leaf section as seen under foldscope: one of the favorite kitchen garden plants, it grows where water is abundant Stomatal openings along with guard cells are prominently visible

Infected corn sheath

infected corn sheath, black spots observed under foldscope Fungal mycelia can be seen traversing through the corn sheath

growth on lemon surface

Lemon was kept outside in a plastic box and it developed fungal growth on this rind.    

Bread mould

My first experience: getting acquainted with with Foldscope 🙂 Took stale bread piece, sprinkled some water, kept it a box for 2-3 days… A luxurious growth of mould covered the bread piece. Just picked a small amount of sample directly using a cello-tape and mounted it on the glass slide and observed under Foldscope.