Papilio demoleus

Students name : Shilpa , Bharathi, Leelavathi College name:CMR National PUcollege, ITPL, Bengalore Specimen: Papilio demoleus(lime butterfly) Parts observed under foldscope: Proboscis, Wing dust, scales on wings& antenna Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropods Class: Insect Order: Lepidoptera Family: Papilionidae Genus : papilio Species: P. demoleus Description: The lime swallowtail, Papilio demoleusLinnaeus, is sometimes called the chequered…

Workshop on “Outreach Workshop on Usage of Foldscope” conducted by BMS College of Engineering for classes VII and VIII school students at Bengaluru, Karnataka on February 14th 2019

A series of two workshops were conducted on use of Foldscope as an awareness program, by BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. The First Workshop was conducted on February 14th 2019 in the morning session at Government Higher Primary School,Sunkadakatte,for class VII and VIII students. Around 40 students participated. The resource person were Prof N.Prathibha from…

Poster and Collage competition on Health and Hygiene

Poster and collage competition was conducted for 150 students from 6th to 12th standard, from 4 different schools namely, (Prem Vidyalaya, R.E.I. from Agra, Soami Nagar Model School from New Delhi and Primary and secondary schools from Rajaborari) and best two entries from every school were awarded first     and second prize. The topic for the…

Educating school children on menstrual hygiene, usage and disposal of sanitary napkins

Workshop no menstrual hygiene was held at schools in Rajaborari, a remote area in Madhya Pradesh. School students were shown the bacteria on sanitary napkins using foldscope. Slides were created by collecting the bacteria on napkins. Doctors were invited to explain menstrual hygiene to students and sample sanitary napkins were distributed.

Life in an ‘Organic pond’ – Part 2

Let’s explore more of the life in an ‘organic’ pond, continuing with the same water sample that we investigated for the last post. I now noticed a larva, about 5 mm long, swimming in the water. It was moving very fast, but I patiently followed it with a dropper and was finally able to pick…

Foldscoping on the streets of Addis Ababa

Sipping from boiling pots of coffee on cobbled meandering streets, with a coffee shop every step along – is not a description of some old block in Paris but the heart of Addis. Addis Ababa – the capital city of Ethiopia, the land that actually discovered Coffee and shared it with the world. A country…

Life in an ‘Organic pond’ – Part 1

After my experience and learning with the Dal Lake water sample, I have been constantly on the lookout for water ecosystems. Recently, I visited my sister’s home at the ‘Organo Eco-Habitat’ in Hyderabad, where there is an artificial pond. I collected water from a corner of the pond, in which I found an insect wing…

ON A VENTURE THROUGH NATURE

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST Students exploring the Empty Honey Hive which fallen on the ground explored the 200-year-old Baobab tree with a circumference of 14 m, planted by the French. The tree is an African species grown in Madagascar, Australia and Arabia collecting samples for foldscope photographing and viewing the honey comb explored...

Granite pebble stone from Merced river in Yosemite

By using the magnet tapped to the camera of my phone to connect only the lens module of the foldscope, I enabled a way to image the surface of the pebbles. Interestingly, I have seen some very fragile while structure. By breaking the pebbles, we can see an incredible difference outside/inside in terms of color…

Tiny Creatures under Foldscope, that has bloomed my Mind.

While working on these algal culture what i have observed that, there were lots of algal diversity in mats and wall scrapped sample, and these different habitat include different algal diversity ranging from coccus to filamentous forms.

Mysteries of Dal Lake, Kashmir – Part 2

After seeing the diverse flora in Part I, here I share the findings on the microbes in the water from Dal Lake. We thought we could find a dense composition of organisms if the water could be centrifuged. Sayantan, a graduate student in biology at TIFR Hyd helped me with this. We put 50 ml…

Mysteries of Dal Lake, Kashmir – Part 1

It all started when my friend got a water sample from Dal Lake, Srinagar. The ecosystem of Dal is ecologically rich with 117 recorded species of hydrophytes and phytoplankton. Here are some views of this beautiful Lake: wonder what we can find inside it, under the Foldscope! In my first observation, I saw many microbes…

AMAZING WORLD OF MARINE PLANKTONS – AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY

Students of Artchouna Soupraya Naikar Government Middle School Mudaliarpet collected water samples from the Bay of Bengal using Plankton Nets and observed the Marine Planktons thro Foldscope and photographed it. Students of Artchouna Soupraya Naikar Government Middle School Mudaliarpet collected water samples from the Bay of Bengal using Plankton Nets and observed the Marine Planktons…

Green Algae

Closterium cells are crescent-shaped or elongate and lack spines. Some are quite straight and needle-like, while others are much broader with curved ends. The ends of the cell are usually tapered and may be pointed or rounded. Each semicell has a single axial, ridged chloroplast with at least one pyrenoid Place: SINGERBAND VILLAGE DIST. CACHAR…