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It was a breathtaking moment to see this thing alive! After many failures at the end, success was waiting for me. I need your help to name this amazing creature 🙂 Here are also some pictures I took during moving around the slide 🙂

White Mold-Sclerotia causing pod rot in peas

Some white, cottony mass was observed on pea pods. The sample observed under foldscope revealed fungal hyphae and black, irregular sclerotia. When these pea pods were split open, white fluffy, slimy mycelium was found inside also. Infection results in production of dense white mycelium which covers the stems, leaves and even the pods. The affected…

Hairs on Mosquitoes?

Caught in Yangon, Myanmar I saw tiny hairs on mosquitoes under foldscope. It is amazing how these tiny “hairs”, setae are covering different parts of the body. Insects generally use setae (sing: seta) to stick to surfaces and for movement. Different kinds of mosquitoes have different lengths and sizes of setae and in different part…

Curvularia spp.

Curvularia is a dematiaceous filamentous fungus. Most species of Curvularia are facultative pathogens of soil, plants, and cereals in tropical or subtropical areas, while the remaining few are found in temperate zones. As well as being a contaminant, Curvularia may cause infections in both humans and animals. Curvularia produces rapidly growing, woolly colonies on potato dextrose agar at 25°C….

White mold with clusters of conidia in pea pods under foldscope

While opening the pea pods to take out seeds, I noted a white fur inside them. On drawing a sample and looking through foldscope, I saw intricate network of hyphae and groups of conidia clustered to them at various points. Scanning the slide thoroughly, I could see several big brown spores too. Is it the…

A water ecosystem in my home!

Being a plant lover, I have many potted plants in my balcony garden. I water them regularly and the excess water drains into trays below each pot. One day I observed some white cottony patches on the surface of the drained water from one of the pots. The patches looked very much like the downy…

DBT North East Twinning Foldscope Workshop

A one day DBT North East twinning Foldscope workshop on ‘Democratising Science through Foldscope’ (under Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology) was jointly organised by the Division of Crop Production, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam and NCCS (National Centre for Cell Science), Pune, Maharashtra on 30th January 2019 at Kendriya Vidyalaya…

Microscopic image of Chaetomorpha algae

Chaetomorpha Algae, also known as Spaghetti Algae or Green Hair Algae, is an excellent macro algae for refugiums. … Chaetomorpha Algae removes both phosphates and nitrates from the water. 

Pollen of Wild almond flower

Wild Almond Tree is a soft wooded tree that can grow up to 115 feet tall. The origin of the name of the bad-smelling Sterculia genus comes from the Roman god, Sterquilinus, who was the god of fertilizer or manure. 

SEED COAT OF PEPPER

COLLEGE NAME :CMR National PU College , ITPL . SAMPLE NAME : Pepper Seed Coat . SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM/DATE : Home/11-03-2019 . SAMPLE OBSERVED AT/DATE : CMR National PU College/11-03-2019 . STUDENTS INVOLVED : Bindu , Sushmitha , kruthika , ankitha , trisha , rashmi . The image below is a layer of pepper seed…

DRIED ROSE PETAL FROM GULKAND

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU college ,ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Dried Rose Petal From  Gulkand . SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM/DATE : Home/11-03-2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT/DATE : CMR National PU College/11-03-2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED :  Bindu , sushmitha , kruthika , trisha , ankitha , rashmi . The image below is a dried rose petal from gulkand .   From gulkand…

Fish eye and scales

College name : CMR National PU College, ITPL Sample name : fish eye and scales Sample collected from : shop on 10/03/2019 Sample observed at : CMR national pu college ITPL at 11/03/2019 Students involved : Kruthika,Sushmitha ,Ankitha ,Thrisha,Bindu,Rashmi Compared to terrestrial vertebrates fish lenses are generally more dense and spherical. When viewed under foldscope…

Aphids seen on Chrysanthemums under foldscope

Chrysanthemum plants are in full bloom these days in my garden.Some plants however are still young and have not flowered. The other day, I noticed some flies on it. On moving closer, I saw it infested with aphids. The leaves were showing white sticky patches and dark brown-grey coloured minute pests sticking near the growing…

Exploring the moulted skin of the aphid menace on Rose plant under foldscope

Red and green coloured aphids were noticed on Rose plant. Close observation showed white flies and sticky exudation on the leaves. I had read in my biology class as insects  moult they shed their casts and their whitish cast skins may be mistaken for whiteflies. With our foldscopes ready, we fixed samples and observed some nymphs and…

Foldscoping pollen of Fenugreek- a multipurpose crop

Fenugreek ( Trigonella foenum-graecum) is multipurpose crop known for its medicinal and nutritional value (food and fodder both). It is an annual winter plant of the family Fabaceae. The plant has trifoliate compound leaves with somewhat small, obovate leaflets, Flowers are typically yellow coloured and triangular shaped. Calyx is cup shaped with papilionaceous corolla. Stamens form…

ONION FLOWER

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Onion flower SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Shop on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Onion flowers occur in a bunch. They appear white in…

CASTOR SEED AND SPINE

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Castor seed and spine SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi castor seed is a soft and fleshy seed.We…

SEEDS OF JACKFRUIT AND WATER MELON

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College, ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Seeds of Jackfruit and water melon fruits SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Jackfruit from inside is a…

SEED COAT OF JACKFRUIT AND WATER MELON

COLLEGE NAME : CMR National PU College ITPL SAMPLE NAME : Seed coat of jackfruit and water melon SAMPLE COLLECTED FROM : Home on 10/03/2019 SAMPLE OBSERVED AT : CMR National PU College ITPL on 11/03/2019 STUDENTS INVOLVED : Kruthika , Sushmitha , Bindu , Ankitha , Trisha , Rashmi Jackfruit seed coat, when viewed…

Demonstration Workshop on Utility of the Foldscope in Education and Research on the Occasion of National Science Day

On 28 February 2019, ICAR–National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (ICAR–NBAIR), Bengaluru, and ICAR Research Complex for North Eastern Hill Region (ICAR RCNEHR), Umiam, jointly organised a workshop for B.Sc. (CBZ) students at BGS Science Academy and Research Center in Chikkaballapura, Karnataka. Over 370 students attended the National Science Day celebrations, out which 150 students...

Mold on garlic clove – a post harvest loss

Blue-green moldy growth was observed on a clove of garlic . I prepared a temporary mount from the infected portion and observed it under foldscope. I could see intense fungal growth.

Trichomes on radish leaves under foldscope

Plants have several defense mechanisms against abiotic and biotic stress. Leaf trichomes are uni-cellular or multi-cellular hairs that can be glandular or non-glandular and are believed to protect plants against herbivory and drought. Leaf trichomes production insome plants increases tolerance to drought. Radish leaves also develop trichomes that were seen under foldscope and were found…

Exploring the kitchen garden plants under Foldscope – pollen of radish

Radish, Raphanus sativus is a winter herbaceous annual of family Brassicaceae. The plant has a short hairy stem and a rosette of leaves. The season nearing an end some plants show whitish-pink flowers in corymbose racemes. Stamens bear yellow anthers with short filaments. The pollen isolated from anthers were seen under foldscope. They were oval –…