Holotrich Protozoa identification in a field setting

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscope for diagnosis of Rumen acidosis and Parasitic infection in cattle”. This post is in response to Manu Prakash’s comment on our previous post (Holotrich protozoa – from Rumen fluid). Rumen fluid was collected from an healthy cow  (Figure 1) in a sterile container (figure 2).  A drop of rumen fluid was…

One Day Workshop on the use of Foldscope

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta jointly with Department of Physics, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidyalaya, organised a workshop on Foldscope on 28th March 2019. Introductory Session- Since the participants of this workshop previously had exposure to foldscope, the workshop was for advanced students. This session began with a basic introduction to foldscope and…

Wish Challenge

Hello Foldscope community, Let’s make some changes in the way we use this community. Usually being part of a challenge moves us to be active continuously and work hard. So what I would like to suggest is to turn Microcosmos platform to a Q & A game challenge to fulfil a wish. Read more below,…

The Pocket Microscope

Outreach Programme on University of Kalyani Campus Between 7th and 9th of February 2019, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, conducted an Academic Festival 2019 for the first time on campus where academic stalls were raised from each Department of the University. Dr. Ekramul Islam along with his scholars was privileged to conduct an outreach programme…

Outreach programme on “A PORTABLE & POCKET FRIENDLY MICROSCOPE”

The PI of Foldscope project, Dr. Ekramul Islam, Assistant professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Kalyani, had organized an Outreach Programme on 28th January, 2019 at Pirijpur Hamidannesa Vidyapith, Dakshin Rasulpur, Arambagh, Hooghly, West Bengal. The students were from the remote villages of the area with hardly any knowledge or access to microscope or microbial…

Outreach programme on ‘The Pocket Microscope’

An outreach programme was organized by Dr. Ekramul Islam, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Kalyani, on 19th January, 2019 at B11/12 Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal. All the participants came from different local school. A brief demonstration was given about assembling of Foldscope and sample preparation for viewing under Foldscope. Hands on training was…

Workshop on Micrometry using Foldscope

A workshop named” Magnify Your Curiosity-Mathematics in a Laboratory with Foldscope” was organized by Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta on 12th March 2019 at Gramya Hitakari Girls School, Howrah, West Bengal, India in collaboration with Howrah Vigyan Chetna Samannaya. Introductory Session- The workshop started with Dr.punarbasu Chaudhuri delivering a speech on Relative Size…

Boophilus microplus (male tick)

Ticks were collected from cattle and stored in 10% Formalin. Based on the morphology, the tick was identified as Boophilus microplus (male) under foldscope. It was observed that Boophilus microplus are brevirostrates(have short mouth parts). A dorsal hump and ventral notch was also visible in the 1st Coxa. The presence of caudal process (in male…

White mold with clusters of conidia in pea pods under foldscope

While opening the pea pods to take out seeds, I noted a white fur inside them. On drawing a sample and looking through foldscope, I saw intricate network of hyphae and groups of conidia clustered to them at various points. Scanning the slide thoroughly, I could see several big brown spores too. Is it the…

Foldscope: Hands On Workshop cum Image Acquisition Contest

A one-day event was conducted by Centre for Nanobiotechnology, VIT Vellore, on 16 March 2019 to aware UG/PG students and faculty members about the Foldscope and its potential advantages and applications. The event was started with the journey of the invention of Foldscope from match-stick model to paper-origami based microscope development followed by initiatives taken…

Twinning programme on Foldscope Microscopy In Advance Teaching, Learning and Research

A one-day workshop cum hands-on training on, “Foldscope Microscopy In Advance Teaching, Learning and Research” was organized at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidyalaya (PDUAM), Eraligool, Assam, on 7th of March 2019 under Twinning Programme between Dr. Ekramul Islam, Principal investigator, Foldscope Project, Department of Microbiology, University of Kalyani, West Bengal and Dr. Biswajit Deb Roy,…

Hands-on training of Foldscope in Balugaon College, Balugaon, Odisha.

Balugaon is a NAC (Notified Area Council) located just next to Chilika. In a coastal town like Balugaon, the fisherman and their children have lived for generations and are dependent on the lake for their livelihood i.e. the fish catches. But what they are not aware is that sustainable fishery depends on many other microscopic…

WORKSHOP ON FOLDSCOPE

One day Workshop on “Exploring the microbial world through foldscope” At Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gangtok 13.02.19 Conducted by ICAR- National organic farming research institute Tadong, Gangtok In this workshop the total of 144 student had participated which are from class VI, VII, VIII & IX standard. The student learned various thing like assembling of foldscope, slide…

WORKSHOP ON FOLDSCOPE

One day Workshop on Foldscope DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE, 4/3/19                 ICAR- NATIONAL ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH INSTITUTE TADONG, GANGTOK AND MUTHAYAMMAL COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE,RASIPURAM,NAMAKKAL,TAMIL NADU JOINTLY ORGANISED A ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON “ORIENTATION AND ASSEMBLY OF FOLDSCOPE AND ITS UTILIZATION AS A TOOL FOR IDENTIFICATION OF PLANT…

Journey of more public awarness about science.

Here at Knowledge Space -a maker place in Iraq, Kirkuk- we are very excited and happy to announce the start of promoting for science era.By the empowerment of Foldscope instruments, we put long term commitment to share this learning tool with public all over Iraq. And introduce Foldscope to people especially students. Officially we did…

Haemonchus contortus

Haemonchus contortus – These blood suckers are otherwise known as Stomach worm, Barber’s pole worm, is highly economically important Strongyle of sheep and goat. The anterior ends of both males and females are similar ( figure 1). The posterior end of female, the vulva is covered by a cuticular flap ( vulval flap or vulval knob)…

Exploradores del microcosmos CDMX (ESP & ENG)

Microcosm Explorers CDMX (Mexico City) En el marco de mi servicio social, estoy ofreciendo un taller a diversos grupos de niños, niñas y jóvenes en la Ciudad de México. El taller se titula “Exploradores del Microcosmos”. Yo soy estudiante de la carrera de biología en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Xochimilco. As part of my…

Foldscope workshop at RCM College, Khallikote,Odisha.

On 1st of March 2019, Wetland Research and Training Centre,  Chilika Development Authority, Balugaon Odisha arranged an orientation programme for a graduate students of RCM college. The programme was carried out to have an interaction with faculty and encourage the students to use Foldscope in their laboratory. We visited the Rama Chandra Mardharaj Science College,…

Foldscope orientation Programme in Banambar Academy, Bhimpur, Odisha

On 13th of February 2019, the outreach programme for school children was held in Banambar Academy, Bhimpur on the theme “Outreach programme on seagrass biodiversity of Chilika under Foldscope”. The active participants were the Principal, teachers and 200 young brains of standard 8th and 9th. A talk on Chilika, a Ramsar site of India was…

Foldscope outreach programme at Godavarish Vidyapith, Banpur Odisha

The Foldscope team of Wetland Research and Training Centre, Chilika Development Authority, Balugaon in their pursuit for raising awareness about the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources of Chilika Lagoon visited Godavarish Vidyapita, Banpur, on 13th February 2019. This school was located about 15 Km away from Chilika in a small coastal village Banpur…

Amphistome egg

2-3 g of dung sample was taken, mixed with water and then sieved. The mixture was centrifuged at 2000 rpm for about 2 minutes. The supernatant was discarded and a drop of the sediment was placed on a slide with a cover clip on top. It was then examined under foldscope. It was observed that…

Foldscope outreach program at Sarkari Prathmik Vidalaya, Barkul, ODISHA

In coastal villages the fisherman and their children have lived for generations and are dependent on the lake for their livelihood i.e. the fish catches. But what they are not aware is that sustainable fishery depends on many other microscopic lives that are not visible to them. Educating fisherman and their next-generation about Chilika and how its…

Foldscope as an educational and teaching tool-Histology of Tongue

Tongue- This organ is a mass of interwoven, striated muscle tissue, interspersed with glands and fat and covered with a mucous membrane. Stained with Mallory trichrome stain, which contains three components- aniline blue, acid fuchsin, and orange G. As striated muscle, human tongue muscle usually stains red, due to the orange G component of stain….

Dried Milk sample foldscopy

In India, we consume milk after boiling it. I have seen milk generally sticks and dries up on the walls of pan. I have scrapped this dried milk sample after few hours from side of the pan in which milk was boiled. Its texture was just like a thin plastic film. I observed it under…

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.