Sensitization of Foresters about seagrasses and Foldscope

Seagrasses, the underwater forests play a crucial role in sustaining the flora and fauna in coastal lagoon like Chilika. Ironically, these underwater plants are mostly neglected when it comes to conservation and management plan of wetlands. Chilika, a biodiversity hotspot of India is well known for its scenic beauty, dolphins and birds. Seagrass meadows of…

Actinomycetes associated with the Seagrasses

Actinomycetes that are well known for producing secondary metabolites have been cultured from seagrass bed sediments. Wide diversity of actinomycetes were obtained and the culture were seen through foldscope which revealed actinomycetes of different cell morphology.  

Epiphytic Microalgae of seagrasses in Chilika

On 14th July 2018,  microalgae were sampled from the seagrass meadow located at the Rajhans area of Chilika Lagoon. In this area the seagrasss meadow is a mixture of dense Halophila species and the Halodule species. After the seagrasses were collected, the epiphytic algae were washed off from the leaves of seagrass. Slide was prepared…

Introduction to Foldscopes as a tool to look Seagrasses and associated epiphytic communties

Foldscope was introduced to students and teachers of Xavier School of Sustainability, Bhubaneswar, Odisha during their visit to Wetland Research and Training Centre, Balugaon on 23 June 2018.  All were excited to learn about multiple application of Foldscopes ranging from environmental to clinical applications. Students and teacher were demonstrated different seagrass specimens using foldscopes and…

sensitizing the local fishermen of Chilika lagoon.

The Chilika Lagoon is the largest lagoon of India. With the flow of fresh water from the northern side and the entry of sea water from the southern side makes it a serene environment for many flora and fauna. It is the home to Irawady Dolphins, foraging area to 0.98 million migratory birds and serving…