Xylitol

This 5-carbon sugar used as a sugar substitute. Though found naturally in a number of foods, and a product of our normal metabolism, industrially it may be produced from wood and wood products. Here are two images with plane polarized and polarized light.

Poster presentation on Foldscope

A poster presentation was done by our team of GGDSD College at National symposium on “Current Trends and Future Prospects in Biotechnology”- BIOcAMP – 18. The event was organized by, Department of Biotechnology, Society for Biological Engineering (SBE-UIET), Panjab University, Chandigarh Sponsored by – TEQIP-III. Poster presentations were held on first day of the program….

Aspirin Crystals Under Polarized Light

I have always been interested in polarized light and wondered if the foldscope could be made to incorporate it. Knowing nothing about optics, I was pretty sure that the viewing situation would be too compressed for this to work…but I still wanted to try. I purchased two plastic, linear polarizing sheets from Edmonds Optics.  I…

Touching young minds of Chilikarani English Medium School

On 31st October 2018, foldscope team of Wetland Research and Training Centre got a chance to interact with the school children of Chilikarani English Medium School located at Balugaon  on the theme “Outreach programme on seagrass biodiversity of Chilika under Foldscope”. The enthusiast participants were the 9th  and 10th class students and their teachers who…

Biofilm in buffer

Maintenance of buffers in the lab are an important aspect but are also prone to contamination easily. Similarly, a common buffer happened to be unused since a long time and was eventually discarded. It just so happened due to festive week, the lab remained closed for a week allowing the buffer solution to remain further…

Foldscope workshop for tribal farmers in Tripura

A workshop entitled “Utility of the Foldscope in Crop Protection: Assessment-cum-Training Workshop for Farmers” was conducted on 27 May 2018 at Shivnagar ADC village under Sumili Agri Sector in West Tripura district, by NBAIR in association with Tripura’s College of Agriculture. Eighteen tribal farmers, who generally grow paddy, pineapple, sweet orange, scented lemon besides several vegetables in their…

Wasp Paper nest (Fibers in nature)

A fallen paper nest of wasp was seen outside my bedroom window. It was empty and probably the wasps had flown away. I picked it up to observe its structure through a foldscope. I was able to see a criss-cross of fibers inter-woven to form hexagonal compartments of a wasp nest. There are different kinds…

Hunting microfossils: a failed experiment

Work brought me to Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is located in Aravali mountain range, the oldest in Indian subcontinent. I thought it is a best time and place to look for microfossils. While traveling to work, I spotted exposed sedimentary rock. It was exposed due to road construction (see photo). I scrapped done surface deposit and…

Determination of leaf pigments by using UV-Visible Spectroscopy and leaf structures of Medicinal Plants by using Folds-cope: An Innovative Research Tools.

Leaf pigment content provides a valuable information about the physiological performance of leaves. We have determined pigments in the leaves of Ficus religiosa (Peepal), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) and Ocimum tenuiflorum (Tulsi) by using UV-Visible spectroscopy and leaf structures of two medicinal plants (Tinospora cordifolia, Origanum majorana) with folds-cope. The images have been taken by connecting…

Foldscope for all #indiafoldscopephase1

Dr. Aruna Mohan ..SCIENCE TEACHER and Resource Persons for development of NCERT Science kits, Video Audio Guide ...learning how to use Foldscope Miss Neema Bisht JRF from ICGEB and Dr Aruna Mohan excited to see enhanced  image resolution of Foldscope after connection with smart phone Professor Dinesh Kumar, Professor RK Parashar, Professor Sunita Farakya ,...

Soil particles

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Spider silk

Spider silk; just a few fundamentals. Nature endowed most spiders (Arachnids) with a complex array of glands to produce several different silk  fibers. Some spiders have up to 7 glands to meet their lifecycle needs. There are generally fibers for trapping food, for making a trapeze on which to spin radial strands, spiral strands, sticky…

silk fabric fiber

a typical silk moth and silk moth cocoon . Note where the larva chewed through the end of the cocoon the emerge as a moth.the dark hole

Fibers from nature -4 (Amazing Weaving seen on Tulsi leaf)

I visited my friends’ place last Sunday. There I saw some wooly growth on leaves of tulsi. I plucked the leaves and brought them home to see the wooly thing under foldscope. I was surprised to observe silk like fibres strongly entangled in a criss-cross manner. I pierced through the wooly growth and I was…

Fibers from nature – Dietary fiber from orange peel

Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C and also provide potassium is well known. Besides they are a good source of fibers too. A large proportion of the fiber material in peeled orange is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps in regulating bowel movement and is found in the peel part. The soluble fiber is…

silk fabric fiber

brief look at silk Silk was dug up in  8,500 year old Chinese tombs.  In  3630 BC  silk fabric was used at the YangShao Neolithic(5000 BCE -3000 BCE) culture site excavated in 1921 in Henan province.  Silk was rugged and withstood ravages of time due to material properties. We owe the process of making fabric and…

Rice weevil in foldscope

Photo clicked during workshop on " EXPLORATION OF MINUSCULE WORLD THROUGH FOLDSCOPE" on 23rd sept 2018 at 'Prashnachinh' adivashi aashram school , mangrool (chavhala) dis. Amravati, maha,India conducted by std of bsc 3rd yr , shivaji science college, amravati, guided by Dr. Khedkar sir , dept. Of botanyInto the foldscope the common rice weevil look...

Aspergillus nigur (fungi)

Photo clicked during workshop on "EXPLORATION OF MINUSCULE WORLD THROUGH FOLDSCOPE" held on 23rd sept 2018 at "prashnachinh" adivashi aashram school, amravati , maharashtra, India by std of bsc 3rd yr of shivaji science college amravati, maha, india guided by: Dr khedakar sir , dept of botanyAspergillus nigus is the type of fungus of division...

Nylon thread

Nylon thread of pouch in which foldscope was recieved

Sugar on slide

Sugar solution was dried on slide and viewed under foldscope