Spirogyra

This is a test post in app. Very cool addition (app) for Foldscoping!

Stomata and Guard Cells

I have observed the outer epidermis of a leaf and the skin of a pea pod under my Foldscope. The samples were taken at different times of the day, and we can see both closed and open stomata, depending on when they were taken. Closed Stomata This is a leaf peel from a rhoeo (Tradescantia…

Onion Cells

An onion peel is typically one of the first samples viewed when introduced to school-level microscopy. Here are images of an onion skin under my Foldscope. The cells are seen very distinctly and have a three-dimensional appearance.

Moss springtail/ Colémbolo en musgo

Springtails from a moss sample! I was looking for tardigrades, I had never found Collembola in moss. Maybe a member of genus Brachystomella? ¡Colémbolos en una muestra de musgo! Estaba buscando tardígrados, es la primera vez que encuentro colémbolos en el musgo. ¿Podría ser del género Brachystomella?

Foldscope Figures

Not entirely sure what this is but it has liquid-like features. I was trying to to zoom in on cinnamon sugar when I came across this and decided this looked cooler (the cinnamon sugar clumped up so it did not make for a good sample). I'm thinking it's tape glue. My slides stuck together unevenly...

Filoplume

Bird feather, filoplume under the foldscope.

Observation of Onion Cells under a Foldscope

Hi everyone, I’m Manas, a 11th grader from Bangalore, India. I am particularly interested in studying the phenomena of patterning of flower petals using the foldscope. Before analysing petal patterning, I wanted to work on a simple experiment with onion cells to help me understand the workings of a foldscope. I peeled a few samples…

Spores from a Tiny Fungus

Living in Florida sure does have a few benefits. Fungi grow everywhere here! When my professor in Central Florida gave me a foldscope, I didn’t know which fungus to look at because there are so many! In this photo circled is a mystery fungus that I wanted to look at. Also in this picture is…

Fungal Hyphae on Sunflower Plant

I conduct Undergraduate Research in one of the Biology labs on my college campus and the organism of interest we study in our lab is the Sunflower (Helianthus annuus). In March of 2020, I took home a handful of our extra sunflowers to grow in my backyard. However after months of growth, I noticed that…

Hyphae on Grape leaves

Posted By: Diala Chahine Stuffed grape leaves are very popular in the Middle Eastern countries. Since I moved to the states, it has been hard to find Middle Eastern food to eat around the area. My dads uncle was visiting Lebanon and mentioned that he is able to bring back grape leaves branch. These grape…

Hyphae of Indoor Plant Fungus

I recently moved and discovered all my indoor plants started growing mold. I’ve treated my plants with cinnamon multiple times to help, and it has, but one pot is being stubborn. When my professor at UCF surprised our class with Foldscopes I knew exactly what to look at! I have also included some tricks I…