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.

Student orientation programme in Chilika Sarkari Upra Vidyalaya, Injanpur.

On 21ST January 2019, Foldscope Team of Wetland Research and Training Centre, Chilika Development Authority, Balugaon, visited Chilika Sarkari Upra Vidyalaya, Injanpur, Odisha to educate the students of 6th to 8th standard on Seagrass biodiversity of Chilika and use of Foldscope. Around 70 students of school took an active participation in the interactive programme to know about…

Using Foldscope as tool in class room teaching @GGDSD College, Chandigarh

A class practical on testing the presence of starch in food was performed using Foldscope by students of 6th semester. Requirements: Potato tuber, razor blade, cover slip, water, iodine solution, microscope, blotting paper, foldscope Principle: Iodine reacts with starch and changes its colour to blue-black Procedure: Cut a thin section of a potato tube by…

Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 4 (Railroad creeper)

Commonly known as Railroad creeper or Ivy-leaved Morning Glory Botanical name – Ipomoea cairica Family – Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory Family) Collection site – Sec-64, S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) Habitat – fast-growing perennial herbaceous vine, that becomes weed in the wild. It rapidly colonizes the nearby trees, poles and nearby vegetation by creeeping Habit – herbaceous perennial…

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…

Planktons of Sabarmati river, Ahmedabad through foldscope

Sabarmati water was collected from the river front from different sites. One of the areas that had planktonic growth was strained through the mesh and sample fixed on a slide to view through the foldscope to find some mobility of planktons that is being shared with the community. Please help identify the organism……. Sample -1…

Foldscope demonstration in a village school-2

Foldscope orientation workshop was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar). Use of audio visual aids is rarely done in classrooms in rural setups. Theoretical explanation and videos on foldscopy raised curiosity in the students. This paper microscope really fascinated them, They want to use it on their own. They…

Foldscopy in a village School of Punjab

A Foldscope orientation programme was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar), Punjab on 7th Jan, 2019 by team Foldscope@GGDSD. The school is situated around 25 km from Chandigarh. While traveling from Chandigarh to village I have seen many stalls selling fresh Jaggery. They are preparing it on roadside from…

Moldy growth on home-made butter

Some bluish-green moldy growth was seen on home-made butter kept in refrigerator. I drew out a sample and fixed it on slide to observe under foldscope.