Observing different stages of Mitosis using foldscope

In the workshop I learnt to assemble and use foldscope for exploring nature. Firstly we all tried observing using permanent slides and then we collected random samples to observe using foldscope. I tried my hands on onion root tip slide. In theory I had studied different stages of Mitosis in dividing cells – Prophase, Metaphase,…

Pollen explorations of Thuja

Here in India Thuja plant is considered an auspicious tree/shrub – Morpankhi and is linked to knowledge diety and I remember keeping its twigs in between book pages as a child. The male cones were plucked and pollen isolated to see under foldscope. Thuja – an evergreen, coniferous tree belongs to family cupressaceae ( Cypress…

Leaf Trichomes of Daucus carota

Certain leaves when eaten cause irritation of throat. Such leaves are not even eaten by cattle and other herbivores. When scratched and seen under foldscope the cause was presence of trichomes on the surface of leaves.

Spoilage of dairy products

Milk cream samples obtained from a dairy showed fungal growth. On foldscoping the sample, sporangia were observed on long sporangiophores. The fungal hyphae had grown extensively to form a mat- like structure. Is it a fungal biofilm ? This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Trichomes in Tulsi leaf

Simple, multicellular and uniseriate trichomes were observed in crushed Tulsi leaf. The trichomes had a pointed tip and were embedded within.    

Pollen grains of Brahmi through foldscope

I saw Brahmi plant growing in college herbal garden. Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri also called Indian pennywort is a creeping herb found along wetlands under wild conditions or else cultivated as it is used widely in Ayurvedic medicine.   It has anti-oxidant properties and other multiple benefits and believed to be goldmine in medicine. When harvested…

Bumps on Cucurbita leaves

Protuberances were seen on Cucurbit leaves in the kitchen garden. I plucked a leaf to observe these outgrowths under foldscope. I could see presence of spore like structures. What are these warts due to, I am unable to make out ????   This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Pollen of an unknown flower under foldscope

Going for a walk along the Silvi park in Mohali near my house, I spotted a broken flower branch. I was unable to identify the flower, but thought of exploring its pollen under foldscope. The pollen were small in size, round in shape and smooth walled. Unidentified flower and its stigma This post is open…

Monocot stomata @ foldscope Workshop

I was fascinated to observe a paper microscope @ 2-day workshop held at GGDSD College, Chandigarh. My teachers introduced a folding, pocket microscope that could help explore any tiny thing which cannot be otherwise viewed with the naked eye. I am excited to share my first post of an epidermal peel of a monocot leaf…

Portulaca leaf under foldscope

Portulaca is a succulent pot herb with fleshy stem and opposite arrangement of leaves. Out of curiosity I observed a leaf of Portulaca plant growing in my house under foldscope and was amazed to see the structural configuration.       An epidermal peel revealed the stomatal arrangement to be of Paracytic type.  In this type…

A succulent houseplant- Pepromia under foldscope

There is an evergreen, succulent plant – Pepromia growing in a pot in my courtyard. I observed safranin stained transverse sections of the stem to observe its vascular bundles arranged in a ring under the foldscope. Epidermal peel of the leaf revealed irregular cells with presence of secondary metabolites and some aqueous sap filled cells….

Flower of Adam’s Needle

Botanically known as Yucca, is a plant of ethnobotanic importance. Its stiff and sword-shaped leaves  have pointed tips The bell-shaped flowers hang loosely in clusters giving it the name – Christmas bells. It is a plant cultivated in rocky gardens and xeriscapes, but otherwise found abundantly in dry wastelands. In my beautiful city Chandigarh (India),…

Egg White

Chicken egg is the best source of protein, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. Eggs consist of 3 main components: eggshell, egg white, and yolk. Albumen commonly known as egg white is rich in proteins. Albumen color is opalescent and doesn’t appear white until an egg is whipped or cooked. Egg whites are a low-calorie food containing…

Pollen and pollen tube in Hollyhock flower

Pink Hollyhock botanically known as Althaea officinalis,  is a garden herb belonging to Malvaceae family. I plucked a flower growing in my friend’s garden to see its pollen. I was excited to  see a germinating pollen with a long pollen tube piercing through the style using a foldscope. This post is open to read and…

Rhoeo peel

Sharing with you the peel of Rhoeo leaf – the Oyster plant foldscoped by Yatin @ SD College, Chandigarh Peel of Rhoeo leaf Magnified view    

Petunia Pollen grains @GGDSD Workshop

It was a wonderful experience for me to attend foldscope training workshop at SD College. I came to know about Foldscope for the first time. I couldn’t imagine that a paper based microscope can work like a conventional microscope.  I plucked some petunia flowers from college garden and observed its anther and pollen grains under…