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…

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…

Zoo Plankton

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

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…

TWINNING OF SCHOOL WITH CHRIST SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL MEGHALAYA

#Indiafoldscopephase 1 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…

Amoeba

Excited to see Amoeba moving with Pseudopodia and encircling the prey, Thank you Foldscope and Manuprakash

Paramecium

Unicellular protozoan commonly called as Slipper Animal

Euglena

Single celled protozoan with a flagellum

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…

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.

Foldscope sensitization and exploring brushy anthers – an outreach activity

While I was at my daughter’s place in Ahmedabad, I sensitized her friends on usage of foldscope and how it can help in viewing different samples. As a sample, they plucked a purple coloured flower growing near the society gate and plucked its anthers. They all were fascinated to see how these appeared under foldscope.

Explorations with foldscope @ Ashram

The kids enjoyed viewing different samples as they peeped through foldscope. To them it was something so amazing. Sample – 1 Flower (Ipomoea) Sample – 2 Flower (Albizzia)

Ginger and Turmeric cells as seen under foldscope

Ginger and Turmeric both have medicinally and economically important parts as rhizomes and both belong to family – Zingiberaceae. So I tried to see the difference between the cells of both the types using foldscope by scraping the cells. I could see not much difference in the shape of the two types, except for that…