Viewing Rhizopus under foldscope

Since in the workshop I was expecting the bread mold to be Rhizopus But it turned to be Aspergillus species. To make my concepts clear Teacher handed me preserved material of Rhizopus.I prepared its slide and observed it under foldscope and now could make out clear cut difference between Rhizopus and Aspergillus. I failed to…

Fungus on Bread under foldscope

The moldy bread that Mamta got from mess by explored using foldscope. I was sure it would be Rhizopus. But it turned out to be some other mold ——- probably Aspergillus species. I could see loose sores (conidia) spread all over.

Pollen of Aloe under foldscope by Yatin @GGDSD College, Chandigarh

The Aloe plants in the college Botanical garden were seen with a fresh bloom of orange coloured pendulous, tubular flowers arranged in spikes. Pollen were isolated from these flowers and seen under foldscope. Aloe plant is an evergreen perennial succulent with fleshy leaves that have serrated margins and are full of gel. Flowered spike arise…

Pollen images

Using a foldscope to observe pollen gives fantastic images.

Unknown Fungus on Pomegranate fruit

Pomegranate stored in refrigerator had some white powdery growth on them. I scraped a sample to observe it through foldscope to find branching network of fungal hyphae. Sporangial development at the tips of hyphae could be made out under foldscope.

Spoilage molds growing on walls

Do molds spoil only foods? No they also are a nuisance on walls. Moldy growth on a wall shows greenish cotton-like growth. On analyzing it under a foldscope, it was seen to be Aspergillus. Samriti Dhawan & Jasveen Dua (GGDSD College, Chandigarh) This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

My first Foldscope post

Hi. I am Varsha, a 1st Semester student @GGDSD, Chandigarh. I would like to share my experiences of Foldscope workshop @GGDSD, College. Working with microscope was always a problem with me as i wear spectacles. The teacher would focus a slide on it and when my turn came, i would take them off and adjust…

Infected leaves of Holy Basil

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), is a short lived perennial plant belonging to family Lamiaceae. Its leaves are medicinally important and used as a fresh or dried herb. A diseased leaf was spotted on the Tulsi plant growing in my terrace. I plucked the leaf and saw its tips had turned necrotic. On magnifying I could…

Algal filaments in a puddle

The unleashed rains in the past few days filled all the ditches and puddles with water. I collected a sample from a puddle with stagnant water in the college campus. Scum had gathered in the puddle. Under the foldscope the sample revealed presence of filamentous algae.

Exploring the flora of a Botanical garden

With an aim of exploring nature using foldscope, a nature walk was organized by GGDSD College, Chandigarh. On 13th September, 2018, we were taken for a visit to the P.U botanical garden.  This beautiful garden is taken care by Botany department of Panjab University, Chd. On reaching the garden, we were greeted by the calm…

Fungal growth on tomato

Rotting of vegetables is a common post-harvesting loss. Tomatoes have a very short life span and begin rotting and become flaccid if left unattended. A rotting tomato went unnoticed in the vegetable chamber of my refrigerator. I noticed some white moldy growth on it while cleaning the refrigerator. Picked up my foldscope and fixed the…

My first view of Fungus on compound wall through Foldscope

In the workshop held @ SD College campus, we learnt the assembly and use of a unique, small, portable paper microscope. Besides we also learnt the sampling technique. Water tank seepage was seen on the wall adjoining the main water tank. I took the sample and fixed it on a slide under the guidance of…

Moss in my garde

I located some moss plants growing in a shady corner of my garden.  On foldscoping, I could make out these were moss protonema (i.e. juvenile moss plants). On germination spores of mosses form green filamentous leafy structures that usually lak midrib. These are called Primary protonema. These then give way to slightly big leafy structures called…

Sticky pollen in Duranta

Foldscope unfolded sticky pollen in another plant – Duranta erecta commonly called Damyanti. Duranta erecta is a common shrub cultivated in gardens as a fence is an invasive species. It bears small blue to purple somewhat tubular flowers hanging out in terminal clusters. I split open a flower to separate stamens and carpel. The petals…

Fibers from Nature -2 (Spider silk)

In the corner of my house, I spotted a web. Fixed it on a slide using a cellotape and viewed it through the Foldscope. I was astonished as it revealed the facts about it as a fiber material. The spotted spider web  A spiderweb commonly found in all house hold as a dreaded thing can…

Sticky pollen

I had always imagined pollen to have thick, spiny covering called exine, which had germ pores on it. I came across Morning glory plant with pink flowers. It had bell shaped flowers, with the stamens quite deep seated. I took out the anthers, which had some staminal hairs along the filaments.  I could see a…

Fibers from Nature -1

I, Aman Arjel  of SD College, Chandigarh could never imagine, sample collection for foldscoping could lead me to a summer vacation project on fibers of biological origin. It all happened by chance. Thanks to my buddy Kanwar Pal Singh who noticed Calotropis fruit – a follicle (which our Botany teacher told) and chose to see…

Rhizopus – my first view

I could never imagine viewing Rhizopus without a bulky microscope. Thanks to Dr. Samriti for providing this opportunity in her workshop on foldscopy It was a great experience. Parul 2nd year graduating student GGDSD College, Chandigarh