Foldscope Outreach Activity @ Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

As I was walking across the various cottages and galleries at Gandhi Ashram, I came to a cottage- the Gift shop of the ashram with a corridor where some kids from under-privileged section of the society were making hand painted greeting cards, stickers, key chains and beaded necklaces. As I interacted with them, I came…

A Memorable Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad (Part-1)

Being in Ahmedabad, I planned to visit Sabarmati Ashram on 4th January, 2019, which was at a distance of about 36 kms from the place of my stay. I hired a cab and within 40 mins., I was at my destination. I pinched myself twice to make sure I was at a place where once…

Class room practical on bread mold experiment contd….(Group -B)

The class was quite excited to post the results. Group B results show an entangled mass of fungal hyphae and sporangia. Rhizopus was seen spreading all over with sporangia formation and also the stolons were clearly visible.  The students were happy to perform the activity and look forward for more foldscope-based activities. Curiosity-driven learning is…

Class room practical on bread mold experiment

A class room practical to study molds on bread was performed by 1st semester undergraduates. Target group – 20 students who worked in batches of 5 each Materials used – 4 slices of bread (any brand) 4 plastic bags Sealing tape Black marker Procedure followed – Each group took a plastic bag and labeled it…

CONSORTIUM OF FUNGI ON FERMENTED DOUGH

My winter vacations began with fungal rich samples for my foldscope. Travelling from Chandigarh to Ahmedabad (in Gujarat) to my daughter’s place proved to be an enthusiastic vacation for me. While she was off to her workplace, I was busy cleaning the mess and there I got samples worth to view under a foldscope. In…

Foldscope training session in progress @NSS camp, GGDSD College on 28.12.18

An overwhelming response of the participants was seen in the NSS camp on usage of foldscope. The participants were keen to exchange hands at learning foldscope. The time paucity rendered preparation of only few sample slides. The trainers tried to satisfy all the queries of the participants and the enthusiasm of the participants was appreciable.

Using Foldscope in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

It was a privilege to address about 110 NSS volunteers in a week-long training camp @GGDSD College, Chandigarh. The theme being ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, the interaction lasted 2 sessions. In the 1st session, the importance of cleanliness was stressed upon and the ways and means for the same were discussed. It was followed by introduction…

Foldscope sensitization@ NSS Camp GGDSD COLLEGE

National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. NSS Camp is a special kind of a weeklong camp which is usually organized by the regional NSS Centers once in a year. The camp is planned in such a way that the volunteers are…

Back to the Himalayas with Foldscope

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. I had planned another journey to the Himalayas for this year-end hoping to discover microorganisms and Tardigrade during the winter. I was planning to visit Kedarkantha in Uttarakhand, India. Unfortunately due to a…

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….

Sensitization of Farmers about foldscope usage in different regions of Punjab

Punjab State has got its name from the five rivers – Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Chenab and Jhelum. Post Independence Sutlej, Ravi and Beas are part of the Indian Punjab. These rivers divided the land into separate regions, probably that restricted the interaction between the people living in these geographically separated Regions. Due to this, there is a difference between…

Foldscope sensitization at a farm in Punjab -2

In Punjab mainly two types of livestock production practices are seen. In one type, rural household animals are integrated with farming and the farmers feed animals using green fodder and crop residues, while in the second type large herds are kept in rangelands. It was a small farm owned by marginal farmer who had grown…

Foldscope sensitization at a farm in Punjab -1

As a part of the Foldscope oureach programme, a field visit to a farm was undertaken by Foldscope team@ GGDSD College. The team visited a farm house located in Jandiala near Amritsar in Punjab state. The farm was situated amidst vast fields with a barn for dairy animals. One deep breath and I could feel…

one day orientation workshop for village level workers (VLWs) on ” Foldscope as a tool for identification of host plant resistance in various crops”

assembling foldscope viewing through foldscope viewing through foldscope viewing slides viewing slides Helminthosporium turcicum conidia taking picture on phone Helminthosporium turcicum conidia One day orientation workshop for VLWs on FOLDSCOPE as a tool for identification of host resistance in various crops.Funded by: DBT-FOLDSCOPE, Government of IndiaOrganised by : ICAR-NOFRI, SikkimVenue : ICAR-NOFRIEast Sikkim

Bifid stigma of Tagetes under foldscope

The stigma of a disc floret of Tagetes was observed under foldscope. It appeared like a circinately coiled structure with a large number of hair or bristles. 

Tagetes Pollen and petals under foldscope

Tagetes erecta commonly called African marigold belongs to family Asteraceae is an easy-to-grow flowering annual that requires very little maintenance. Marigolds are known for their ornamental importance as well as for production of lutein, the yellow compound.  This is an important chemical for eye health, and some companies breed marigolds specifically to produce blooms rich…

Fern Spores

A sporangium is an enclosure in which spores are formed. It can be a single cell or multicellular. All plants, most of ferns form sporangia at some point in their life cycle. Sporangia can produce spores by mitosis, but are also the site of meiosis and produce genetically distinct haploid spores. Some ferns produce two…

OUTREACH – Workshop on “Foldscopes” for participants of Salters’ Chemistry Camp

Ahands on session on “Foldscopes” was carried out for 65 participants(31 girls and 34 boys) studying in the IX th standard in State Governmentschools from Bhopal, Dewas, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Rajgarh, Sehore, Shahpur,Ujjain, Bhauri, Bakaniya of the state of Madhya Pradesh. This was a part of athree day residential program organised by The Royal Society of Chemistry(India)…

OUTREACH – Introductory session on “Foldscopes” for high school students

An introductory session on”Foldscopes” was carried out for 83 participants from all over India whocame to attend the six day residential Outreach Program “Understanding Science”at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal from May 7 –12, 2018. A talk on “Foldscopes” (short history on microscopes, the need forfoldscopes, working, assembling) followed by the…