Trichomes on radish leaves under foldscope

Plants have several defense mechanisms against abiotic and biotic stress. Leaf trichomes are uni-cellular or multi-cellular hairs that can be glandular or non-glandular and are believed to protect plants against herbivory and drought. Leaf trichomes production insome plants increases tolerance to drought. Radish leaves also develop trichomes that were seen under foldscope and were found…

Glandular Trichomes of Stellaria under foldscope

In Stellaria media, the common chickweed several hairy appendages were seen on the surface of stem and sepals. These were fixed on a slide and observed under foldscope to study their structure. It was amazing to see that these were glandular trichomes consisting of a stalk that was either unicellular & uniseriate, unicellular and multi-seriate…

Blue and yellow moldy growth on Amla

Powdery masses of green and yellow spores were seen on bruised surface of Amla ( Phyllanthus emblica). On consulting literature, it was evident that due to rough handling during long distance transportation and storage, the injured fruits are susceptible to fungal infections. The common microflora responsible for the post-harvest losses of fruits usually belong to…

Trichomes under foldscope

Variable shapes of slender pointed trichomes were seen in leaves of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) epidermal peel under foldscope.

Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 3 (Lima bean )

Botanical name – Phaseolus. lunatus  Family – Fabaceae Collection site – Sec-64, S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) Habitat – fast-growing annual herbaceous vine, that becomes weed in the wild. It rapidly colonizes degraded areas and nearby vegetation forming dense thickets in forests, along trails, riverbanks, or fences. The seeds are edible as green or in dry form….

Mycelial mattress of Rhizopus stained with LCB

Rhizopus forms long unbranched hyphae called sporangiophores that produce sporangia in an upright fashion once the somatic hyphae have spread considerably. The sporangia at the tips of these upright hyphae are bulbous structures. Branching structures, called rhizoids, anchor the fungus into the substrate, releasing digestive enzymes and absorbing nutrients for the fungus. The mycelial mat…

Soft rot of tomatoes

Tomatoes which were accidentally left out in the kitchen at room temperature for two days showed a cottony growth. On fixing the sample on a slide and observing under a foldscope, branching pattern of hyphae resembling that of Rhizopus stolonifer was observed        (ref. ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/Postharvest_Disorders.pdf) R. stolonifer can cause soft rot on soft fruits. Ripe…

Rotting apple under foldscope

I and my friend Divya had purchased apples from a mart and one of the apples was rotten. Learning foldscopy is amazing, as you try it everywhere. We tried to peep through a foldscope to see the microbes that had caused it.     This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.