Passiflora incarnata

Date: 15th Sep 2018Place: Flower from a Passiflora vine near CSMT railway station, MumbaiDescription:Passiflora incarnata is also called Krishna Kamal (Black/ dark Lotus) in the local language Marathi. I studied the flower petals, ovaries and the pollen grains. It is surprising to note that the dark coloured pigment on closer observation actually are pinkish red…

Oscillatoria

Domain:    Bacteria Phylum:   Cyanobacteria Class:  Cyanophyceae Order:   Oscillatoriales Family:   Oscillatoriaceae Genus:  Oscillatoria Commonly found in:   In water troughs made for drinking water to animals Reproduction:  By fragmentation Oscillatoria are green, unbranched filamentous green cyanobacteria. They show oscillating movement in which filaments can slide back and forth in order to orient themselves…

Chlorococcum

Domain:  Eukaryota Kingdom: Plantae Division:  Chlorophyta Class:  Chlorophyceae Order:  Chlorococcales Family:  Chlorococcaceae Genus: Chlorococcum Commonly found in:   Freshwater Reproduction:     With help of zoospores Chlorococcum are unicellular green algae, spherical in shape with single chloroplast. They have ability to form biofilms on wet surfaces. They move in circular manner. They help in photosynthesis and produce…

Photosynthetic Euglena

Domain:  Eukaryota Phylum: Euglenophyta Class: Euglenophyceae Order:  Euglenales Family: Euglenaceae Genus: Euglena Commonly found in:  Fresh and marine water system, still water on which there is bloom Motility: Whipping motion by flagella Reproduction:  Asexual reproduction (binary fission) or mitosis Euglena are eukaryotic organisms which have characteristics of both plant and animal cells, photo-heterotrophic organisms. They…

MAPPING MICROSCOPIC BIODIVERSITY IN SELECT ECOLOGICAL NICHES

                     STEP #1: FOLDSCOPE ASSEMBLY Jennifer Tellis, Savannah Baptist, Siddhi Parab,Maya Murdeshwar and Sujata Deshpande St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai “Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful, have been and are being evolved”   ~ Charles Darwin.              To our group…