Fungi Everywhere – 7

Sample – 7 is of curd showing moldy growth. Curd left for 2 days outside the refrigerator showed moldy growth. Fixing a sample on a slide and observing through a foldscope revealed mycelium mat and Aspergillus spores with and without stain.

Fungi Everywhere -6

Sample -6 is of fungi growing on black grapes. I spotted white cottony fungal growth on black grapes stored in refrigerator. Fungal growth on grapes may have developed due to rotting. I picked a sample from the rotting portion and fixed it on a slide to peep through the foldscopee. I could make out a…

Fungi Everywhere -5

Sample -5 is of fungal growth on Pumpkin. White crust was seen on pumpkin stored in refrigerator. A sample was drawn and observed under foldscope to study the type of fungi. Extensive hyphae with branched conidiophores and conidia in chains was observed.

Fungi everywhere -4

I obtained a pack of home-made cake from bakery but failed to check the manufacturing and expiry dates on the label. I placed the packet in refrigerator. As I opened the pack after 2 days, I saw some white cottony, fuzzy patches on the cake. At other end I saw greenish patch. I took a…

Fungi everywhere -3

Sample 3 is of dried cake of Henna paste. Henna powder is applied as a natural dye to greying hair in our country (India). The powder is soaked overnight and then applied on hair. Somehow my friend did not get time to apply it and the paste dried up. When she noticed it after 3-4…

Fungi everywhere -2

Sample -2 is of juice, which we normally relish at juice corners roadside. But never have seen whether the vendor washed the utensils or the juicer. The old juice left in the jar normally starts to ferment within a few hours. You can see the thick sporangia isolated from beet and carrot juice left overnight…

Fungi everywhere

Fungi are the organisms that can find a place to grow anywhere. They can cause rotting of fruits, vegetables or juices. I have now starting exploring all such substrates that are suitable for fungal growth. Sample -1 is from a juice corner, where I could spot roughage being thrown as waste serving as an easy…

Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 2 (Hyacinth bean )

Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 2 (Hyacinth bean ) Botanical name – Dolichos lablab) Family – Fabaceae Collection site – Sec-47, Chandigarh Habitat – Wild Habit – Climber near dumping ground             Leaf – Compound, trifoliate Inflorescence – Raceme Flower – Bisexual, zygomorphic, polypetalous, didynamus (1+9), papilionaceous  corolla, creamish-white in …

Foldscope awareness workshop in progress @GGDSD, Chandigarh

A foldscope awareness workshop was arranged @ GGDSD, Chandigarh where the students were exposed to the usage of foldscope. It was a great experience for me mentoring the students. The students curiously learnt foldscopy and tried their hands at both permanent and temporary mounts.   This post is open to read and review on The…

From laboratory to field – the story of an Orchid

I am fascinated by orchids and that happens to be my area of interest. Learning foldscopy at a workshop @ GGDSD, Chandigarh, It was now time for exploring. I requested the foldscope team @ GGDSD Chandigarh for a visit to Botany Museum and Orchid propagation facility at Botany department, Panjab University, Chandigarh. I acknowledge Dr….