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…

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…

Foldscopy in a village School of Punjab

A Foldscope orientation programme was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar), Punjab on 7th Jan, 2019 by team Foldscope@GGDSD. The school is situated around 25 km from Chandigarh. While traveling from Chandigarh to village I have seen many stalls selling fresh Jaggery. They are preparing it on roadside from…

The Compost Bunch

I’ve only just started out testing my Foldscope and these are my first shots of trying to get down with the compost crew from my kitchen composting bucket. I’m interested in soil biology, or rather compost food web diversity for producing quality compost tea. It’s very exciting to actually be able to asses the diversity…

Sensitizing the fishermen and onboard foldscopy of pigmented Amphipod.

 Chilika a brackish water coastal lagoon is well known for its rich fishery resources. The lagoon is a life line for the economic and nutritional security to 0.2 million fishermen who are dependent on this renewable bio resource. The rich fishery resource of Chilika eventually depends on many small animals that directly or indirectly play…

Exploring the ‘Dagad Phool’ ecosystem

It started with my wondering about the pictures of tardigrades on the new foldscopes. Called the “world’s most indestructible creatures”, I learnt that these hardy champions survive for 30 years without food or water. They have endured extremely cold, irradiated journeys, riding on the outside of space-ships… and you can find them just by soaking…

Foldscope Outreach Activity @ Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

As I was walking across the various cottages and galleries at Gandhi Ashram, I came to a cottage- the Gift shop of the ashram with a corridor where some kids from under-privileged section of the society were making hand painted greeting cards, stickers, key chains and beaded necklaces. As I interacted with them, I came…

A Memorable Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad (Part-1)

Being in Ahmedabad, I planned to visit Sabarmati Ashram on 4th January, 2019, which was at a distance of about 36 kms from the place of my stay. I hired a cab and within 40 mins., I was at my destination. I pinched myself twice to make sure I was at a place where once…

Class room practical on bread mold experiment contd….(Group -B)

The class was quite excited to post the results. Group B results show an entangled mass of fungal hyphae and sporangia. Rhizopus was seen spreading all over with sporangia formation and also the stolons were clearly visible.  The students were happy to perform the activity and look forward for more foldscope-based activities. Curiosity-driven learning is…