Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 4 (Railroad creeper)

Commonly known as Railroad creeper or Ivy-leaved Morning Glory Botanical name – Ipomoea cairica Family – Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory Family) Collection site – Sec-64, S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) Habitat – fast-growing perennial herbaceous vine, that becomes weed in the wild. It rapidly colonizes the nearby trees, poles and nearby vegetation by creeeping Habit – herbaceous perennial…

Fibers of soft toy under foldscope

Some fibers got loose from my sister’s teddy when it was washed. I stained them in beet juice and mounted them on a slide to see under foldscope. The fibers were quite clear and distinct.

Pearls or pollen

Foldscope reveals the mystery of nature in a very unique way. The pollen of Indian wild bean when seen through foldscope appeared like pearls to me. I was reminded of my childhood when my sister and i would fight with each other for pearl necklace that my grandma had given her. Similar type of pearl…

Moldy growth on orange

White-green moldy growth was seen on a rotting orange.  Observing a prepared slide of the sample under a foldscope revealed hyphae and conidia borne on conidiophore. Probably it is a Penicillium species. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Pests on Chrysanthemum leaves

It is flowering season for Chrysanthemums in my garden. Some white powder was spotted on the leaves. Under foldscope some pests could be seen on the undersurface of Leaves. Are these Aphids or mites? How can I control their spread and have my Chrysanthemums blooming ?      This post is open to read and…

Bird watching at wetlands

The journey started at 5.00 in the morning from the gates of GGDSD College, Chandigarh on 17th October, 2018. The students were excited and full of enthusiasm all the way. We had started early so that we could catch a glimpse of the chirping birds. The distance of 50 Kms was covered in about 1…

Sectioning ovary of a wild mallow flower

Transverse section of ovary of a wild mallow flower was sliced and observed under foldscope.      The ovules with their outer integuments were clearly visible. The inner parenchymatous portion of the ovule was really amazing. The ovary wall was seen to have presence of protective hair on the outside. This post is open to…

Pollen of Night Jasmine

Har singhaar or Night jasmine  belongs to family Oleaceae (Jasmine family) It was one of the plants observed on my visit to P.N Mehra Botanical garden at Panjab University, Chandigarh. It is a medicinal shrub or a small tree. The sweet scented flowers are small, attractive with white petals and an orange-red tube in center,…

Thrips on brinjal leaf

My grandma  is  fond of gardening and has maintained a kitchen garden. Last weekend I visited her place and was helping her plucking green chillies and bottle gourd, when I noticed some powdery mass on the lower side of the brinjal leaves.           I thought it was powdery mildew. I plucked a leaf to…

Foldscope as an Educational Tool : Tutorial -1

To study the Morphological and Anatomical features of Cycas Morphological features of Cycas plant Cycas is an evergreen gymnosperm grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. The plant body is a sporophyte differentiated into an underground root system, aerial and unbranched, erect stem with a crown of leaves on the top. Roots are of two…

Cells from Garlic peel

Garlic belongs to the onion family and has several health benefits. A garlic bulb consists of about a dozen compactly arranged storage leaves known as cloves. A bulb is an underground structure comprised of thickened leaf bases. Each garlic clove is made up of just one leaf base, unlike onions, which are composed of numerous…

Histopathological studies of Rot disease in red bell peppers

Grey to black moldy growth was seen in red bell peppers obtained from market. Histo-pathological studies performed using a foldscope revealed : Profusely branched, septate mycelium Several pale-brown conidia observed on the tips of conidiophores Each conidium was multicellular and elliptical in shape On consulting the literature, the fungus was found to be Alternaria solani…

Moldy growth on button mushrooms

A rotten mushroom in a pack of healthy button mushrooms seen under a foldscope showed moldy growth.   This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Blue mold on rotting coconut

I bought a green coconut for relishing its water, but landed up throwing in dustbin as blue mold had grown on its top.The coconut had rotten either in storage or due to prevailing rainy weather. Took a cello tape and fixed the mold on a slide to observe it under a foldscope. I could see…

Black mould on Onion

Mouldy growth was seen in onion on peeling out the dry outer covering. On viewing through the foldscope the fungus was found to be black mould. Presence of sporangium on the sporangiophore/ conidiophore was clearly marked.   Though, onion is known to possess insecticidal, antibacterial and antifungal properties which are attributed to its sulphur containing compounds….

Diseased mango leaf

I spotted a fallen diseased mango leaf under the mango tree growing in my neighborhood. On performing foldscopy it was seen there were brown coloured necrotic patches, with yellowing of leaves around. On teasing the small brown spots, reddish circular spores of an unknown pathogen were seen.   This post is open to read and…

Fungal growth on sheath of corn cob

I had gone for roasted corn cob (called Bhutta  in my native language), when I landed on this foldscope adventure. Corn cobs are a delicacy in monsoons, however, before the vendor could roast it on charcoal fire, I noticed black moldy growth on the outer layer of the corn husk.   Surprisingly, another fungal disease…

Moldy growth on Dairy Products

Milk cream left out in open inadvertently during rainy season showed a moldy growth. When seen under a foldscope, a network of aseptate hyphae could be figured. Some sporangiophores bearing sporangia were seen. Trying to go for its identification it was a black mold with white cottony hyphae. The sporangiophores were spherical in shape and…

A chipped human nail

My sister has the habit of nail biting. I took a chip of her nail to look under the foldscope.  I was confused to see the type of cells. Was it deposition of keratin or something else? To have a clear view, I stained it with safranine. I am sure after looking at these pictures…

An ant to begin with

I am a commerce graduate. Seeing my friends (from GGDSD @ Chandigarh peeping through this binocular like thing called Foldscope, I made an attempt at fixing an ant from the kitchen shelf and viewing the creature. It was my first attempt and I was amazed how a folding paper can give you an insight into…