टोमेटो/ टमाटर/ Tomato through the Foldscope

टोमेटो माइक्रोस्कोप मधून कशे दिसते? टमाटर माइक्रोस्कोप में से कैसे दीखता है? How does tomato looks through the Foldscope? Photos taken with Foldscope. Tomato came to India in 16th century n became integral part of Indian cuisines.

Pond Sample Discovery

Recently, while in Hanmer, New Zealand, I took a water sample from the pond is Chisholm Park. After a bit of peering through my foldscope, I discovered this micoorganism that I at first thought was algae, the same as the surrounding plant matter. I then saw it move forward in a smooth, sliding fashion, leading…

Newspaper coverage of Foldscope Project workshops

Indo-US Foldscope project is an attempt to bring the science to every corner of the country. In this regard, Barkatullah University, Bhopal has been given the project for conducting research work and workshops for introducing Foldscope to the students of schools, colleges, universities, NGO etc. During the project, several workshops have been held and some…

Back to the Algae Sample: Strange Microorganism With Legs

Earlier in the month I put up a post showing some microorganisms I found in a sample I took from our horse’s water feeder that currently sprouts algae from every underwater surface, which were later identified as bdelloid rotifers by members of the community. Today I returned to the water feeder and took another sample,…

COMMON ALGAE

STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Pradeepthi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Jaanvi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Blue Bottle fly SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We collected a sample of common algae growing in the gardens of our college and observed it under foldscope

BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG

STUDENT NAMES: Keenisha, Jasmine, Jaanvi, Suratha, Deekshitha and Pradeepthi COLLEGE/SCHOOL: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. SPECIMEN: Brown Marmorated stink bug SPECIMEN OBSERVED AT: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th January 2020 We found this bug in our college campus and observed its various parts under foldscope

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

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.