Workshop on Capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope at Kumirmari, Sundarban in association with Sundarban Green Environment Association on 5th January 2019

On 5th January, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta organised a workshop on The Capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope in collaboration with Sundarban Green Environment Association at Kumirmari, Sundarban.

At 9 AM, local beekeepers of Kumirmari, attended the workshop.  Many beekeepers brought sample honeys in a sterilized container provided to them beforehand. The whole workshop was divided into three sessions.

1st Session-

This session began with introducing foldscope to beekeepers and local people and its applications.

2nd Session-

Slides containing pollen grains of locally available flowers were prepared and everyone observed pollen grains under foldscope.

In this session we introduced a Manual of Pollen grains for identification of nectar producing mangrove and other associated plants under foldscope.

3rd session-

Slides of honey samples were prepared by dropping one drop honey sample and photographs were taken.

Everyone present at the workshop was very much interested to see the pollen grains present in their honey samples. The concept of uniflorate and multiflorate honey and difference in marketvalue of different types of honey were introduced. 

workshop on capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope
Demonstration of slide preparation at the workshop by Dipmala Das, member of foldscope team, Department of Environmental science, University of Calcutta
Demonstration of foldscope microscopy by Tanushree Gaine, member of Foldscope team, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta
Demonstration of photography by foldscope by Ranjan Das,
member of Foldscope team, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta

Handson foldscope at the workshop on “capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope “
Participants observing pollen grains with foldscope
Picture of anther and pollen grains taken by Rajkumar, participant at the workshop
photograph of pollen grains of Moringa sp captured by participants at workshop
photograph of pollen grains of Moringa sp captured by participants at workshop
Collection of honey sample from apiary to study under foldscope by Pronobesh Maity, secretary of Sundarban Green Environment Association
Observation of contents of honey samples collected from local bee keeper

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    What a wonderful application and reach. Fantastic work.

    Cheers
    Manu

    1. Punarbasu says:

      Thank you very much for your response. We would try our best to do better works in the future.

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