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…

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Pulga de agua desde Xalapa, México.

The detection of basic macromolecules

In Labwork, my team performed the experiment which detect some macromolecules such as starch (carbohydrates), sugar (carbohydrates), protein. We know that all living things consist of both organic and inorganic molecules. Organic molecules contain the elements Carbon (C) and Hydrogen (H), and more specifically, C-H bonds. Molecules lacking C-H bonds are considered to be inorganic….

Fungi on stale bread.

Fungi are legit the fun guys! unless they cause diseases. Fungi are a diverse group of eukaryotic organisms, almost omnipresent. There was bread in the house which I had forgotten existed for 3 days straight! and voila what I get to see is the assorted fungus which grew in those 3 days! That too, in…

Pollen germination

Those fascinating observations from pollen grain germination in the Brahma Kamalam drew me  irresistibly towards flowers of other plants. Recently I have been watching educational videos as now I am planning to create videos for school students using Foldscope images. In the biology videos for Classes 11 & 12 I noticed that Vinca rosea (Periwinkle)…

Amazing experience with Epiphyllum oxipetalum

Epiphyllum oxypetalum is often described as ‘Queen of the night cactus’. In India it is considered a sacred plant and called ‘Brahma Kamalam’, though there is much controversy about whether or not it is the ‘true’ Brahma Kamalam. In any case there is a lot of mystique associated with this plant. It blooms sometime between…

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We are using the foldscope in our majors cell class. We’ve seen interesting stuff so far.