BIO60_2019: Purple Flower Petal

This Foldoscope image was obtained by viewing a sliver of the petal of a purple flower. It is interesting to see the texture of the flower petal and hypothesize about reasons why this surface would be texturized to begin with. Perhaps this pressure aids insect pollinators in their ability to grip onto the flower and…

Bay Mud – Bio 60_2019

This video is taken through a foldscope looking at a sample of water and mud from the Bay Area near Stanford University in Northern California. Several microorganisms can be seen in the video, three larger, ovular species moving across the screen and one narrow, rod-like species that appears in the bottom lefthand corner. The three…

Foldscope workshop with II PU students

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore Students involved: II PU (grade 12) A workshop on Foldscope use and research was conducted in our college involving II PU students to develop scientific and research aptitude. The students were divided into groups and were explained about the importance and ease of use of Foldscope. They…

Chromatin Condensates

Mixing a bacterially expressed chromatin binding protein with a large piece of DNA results inthe formation of chromatin droplets that separate themselves from the surrounding liquid, like oil in a puddle. If you look carefully, you can spot a merging event of 2 droplets from the above picture The droplets flow and interact with themselves...

Zoo Plankton

This is a kind of zooplankton, which is collected from the mudflat of Pazhaiyar tidal flat, Tamil Nadu, India.

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…

Pollen of an unknown wild flower

I spotted an unknown pinkish-lavender coloured wild flower growing near my house. I plucked and fixed its pollen on a slide to observe under foldscope.

Pollen images

Using a foldscope to observe pollen gives fantastic images.

Identification Required

Hey folks, My interns (Sujith and Pranav) found these weird organisms while searching for Tardigrades. I’m sceptical about this being a Tardigrade. Can anyone in the community help us identify it ?? Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. What is this?? Strange!!! More of them!!! Cheers, Yashas

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…

Twinning of schools programmme was conducted on 27.09.2018 to 02.10.2018 with Christ Senior Secondary school for a period of 6 Days.

Highlights The Principal & teachers of of Christ senior Secondary school gave us a warm welcome and introduced us in the assembly. There we explained about the Foldscope & its uses, Assembly etc…. More than 1000 students benefited. 10 students of our school with Principal Investigator D.Aravindaraja Trained the students of Meghalaya Christ Senior Secondary…

Detecting Hepatitis B virus associated cellular changes in needle aspirate samples of HBV linked Hepatocellular carcinoma patients of different stages

Photomicrographs of H & E stained Rat liver section –DEN  induced hepatocarcinogenesis. Figure A  shows DEN treated rat liver sections. DEN is a potent hepatocarcinogen which helps to produce nodules in liver. The liver architecture is disorganized with dilated sinusoids and expanded portal vein.  Figure B (1.2X) & C (1.4X) are the zoom out images …