Pollen and Staminal Hair of Tradescantia – a spiderwort

Tradescantia (a spiderwort) is an invasive species and is well known to show cytoplasmic movements. In an attempt to study the phenomenon of cyclosis, the purple-heart species (Tradescantia pallida) was selected. It is an easy to grow plant by cuttings.   Its stamens have bilobed anthers with long filaments. Apparently the filaments appear white, but…

Foldscope Orientation

In a summer workshop conducted at SD College, Chandigarh, the students of B.Sc Botany were familiarized with the concept of foldscope, its usage and potential advantages. Later they collected samples and tried their hands at foldscopy. They were thrilled with this new activity to capture the images on the mobile phones. Glimpses from the workshop…

Cycas megasporophyll hair

Foldscope has changed the perception of students. It has infused lots of weird ideas in the students. They are passionate to see every odd thing with it. Cycas is a gymnosperm with separate male and female plants. It is grown as an ornamental plant.  A few female plants are also growing in our college campus. It…

From Learner to Foldscope Demonstrator

Being a part of Foldscope team @ GGDSD College, Chandigarh (India) has been an interesting and challenging experience for me. My journey began from ICGEB, New Delhi on 16th of April, 2018, where I along with my PI (Principal Investigator) attended the Foldscope Orientation Workshop. We learnt to assemble the tiny pieces and use them...