Ginger and Turmeric cells as seen under foldscope

Ginger and Turmeric both have medicinally and economically important parts as rhizomes and both belong to family – Zingiberaceae. So I tried to see the difference between the cells of both the types using foldscope by scraping the cells. I could see not much difference in the shape of the two types, except for that…

Infected Cucurbita leaf under foldscope

White powder-like substance was seen on Cucurbita leaves. The leaves showed yellow patches also. The infected powder was seen under foldscope to find elongated structures as well as oval-shaped spores/cysts.

View of Fungal rot of tomatoes (Post harvest losses) through foldscope

After harvesting the fruits and vegetables have a limited post-harvest life. Senescence leads to softening of tissues. Mechanical injuries such as cuts, bruises, that occur during harvest or handling are a cause of decay or rot as they are a cause of infection sites. Once a lesion is initiated, the process of invasion, infection, colonization…

Rotting apple seen through a foldscope

Rotting of apple due to fungal growth can lead to post-harvest loss of apple. An apple rotted  during storage. A sample taken on a slide was observed under foldscope. Some spores were spotted in the infected sample. The sample was stained using LCB and spores were obtained in abundance.

Unidentified disease on Duranta

The Duranta hedge growing in my garden is lately showing diseased symptoms. Its leaves are curled at margins and puckered. Observing these regions under foldscope revealed hypertrophy. Cellular masses were seen in these hypertrophied regions. The cause of these symptoms is not clear. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Feathery stigma of the grass – Coix lacryma-jobi under foldscope

Coix is a gras which bears bead-like structures , which are green when young and become black, grey to ivory coloured on maturing. The stigma of Coix is trifid, coloured and feathery. The stigma was detached and fixed on a slide to observe through a foldscope. It appeared like numerous multicellular trichomes emerging from the stigma….

A web hanging on my railing (Fibers from nature)

A web was seen hanging on my railing. I could not see any insect nearby. The insect had woven the web at night probably and had vanished with the dawn. I carefully fixed the web on the slide as it was swaying with the breeze. On looking through a foldscope, a mesh of entangled fibers was…

Reticulate venation in a dicot leaf

Presence of reticulate venation is an important diagnostic feature of a dicot leaf. The veins form an interconnecting network spread across the lamina. It was fascinating to observe the networking of veins under  foldscope.     This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Diseased bean plant

Monsoons this year have been prolonged and Its been raining continuously in North India. My village in Punjab has also been affected. Several crops and vegetables have succumbed to the rains and been destroyed. I have captured image of rotting  bean plant using foldscope.            

Amyloplasts in chick pea seeds – In class practical

 Free hand sections of soaked seeds were cut and stained with Iodine solution. Excessive stain was removed by washing with water and slides observed using a foldscope. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Microalgae in Pond water

To mark the Leeuwenhoek day, I collected sample of pond water from my village in Punjab. It had been raining heavily past few days. However, today being partly sunny day, it was easy for me to collect the sample. The pond is surrounded by green vegetation and has fields on one side and embankment on…

Iodine stained potato starch granules under foldscope

Some potato cells were scraped and stained with iodine solution. On observing the slide under foldscope some small, clumped and some large, discrete starch grains were viewed. Also it was noticed that some grains turned blue-black, while some are reddish-brown. As per literature, waxy starch stains red and non-waxy starch stains blue with iodine. Waxy…

Foldscopy of water hyacinth growing in my village in Punjab

Water hyacinth is a common nuisance of the ponds in my village. It is a fast growing, free floating, aquatic plant, invading entire ponds and pools of the village. The leaves have spongy and bulbous stalks which float above the surface of water.  An erect stalk supporting a single spike of 8-10 attractive flowers having…

Foldscopy from a village in Punjab

I would like to share reports of foldscopy from my native place Landran in Punjab (India).  Learning foldscopy at a workshop held at GGDSD College, I tried to explore flora and fauna of my village. Landran is a village located in SAS Nagar (Mohali) Tehsil of Mohali district, Punjab. It is about   45 Kms from…

Moldy growth – In my room wall

A dampened wall due to seepage from rainwater drain pipe was noticed in my room wall and prompted by the post on ‘Air borne fungi’, I mounted the same on a slide to observe under a foldscope. I  was surprised to see fungal hyphae and some unidentified cyst- like structure. However, I could not  identify…

Comparing the peels of raw and boiled potato

After learning foldscopy @ GGDSD, Chandigarh, these days everything at home is set to pass through FOLDSCOPE TEST. Guess what?  Maa boiled potatoes for making cutlets, and the science in me asked whether cells in boiled and raw potatoes would look the same? I picked up a potato, gently removed its peel. It was too…

Peel of Tradescantia leaf

Tradescantia is a monocot plant with purple colored long leaves having parallel venation. While my mentor @ GGDSD was engrossed in staminal hairs, I tried my hands at making a leaf peel. The amazing part was that many stomata were ripped while peeling the epidermis and they floated in water, as I had made a…

Cashew peel under foldscope

I am excited to share my foldscope click of cashew peel. Can anybody guide what is being viewed as I am unable to make out these beautiful stripes. I simply know that cashew are a rich source of fats and a few vitamins. In autumn break I had been to Goa on the college trip…