Workshop on Foldscope at Meghalaya, India

The prop roots of Ficus elastica (rubber tree) are trained over 15-20 years to form the natural living bridge to cross rivers and streams found in Meghalaya. The bridges grow to approximately 50 to 100 feet long and have strong and deep interwoven prop roots providing a boat-shaped foothold.

A workshop on Foldscope has been organized by Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta at the Mawkyrnot village, Meghalaya, India on 17th March 2019.

Introductory Session-

A brief introduction on foldscope, was given to the participants.

Punarbasu Chaudhuri introducing foldscope
Punarbasu Chaudhuri demonstrating foldscope to the participants

Collection of sample-

The inflorescence of Ficus elastica was collected and with the help of a new blade, thin sections of the hypanthodium, was done and mounted on the slide.

Observation under Foldscope-

The prepared slides were observed under foldscope.

photo showing transverse section different parts of mature hypanthodium under foldscope
a. receptacle of hypanthodium with mature fruit, b. T.s. of a single ovary, c. fleshy periderm of hypanthodium, d. single ovary of a female flower of hypanthodium under development.
local people observing under foldscope
participants curiously observing under foldscope
local people observing with folscope


This was the first ever exposure of the local people to foldscope. It was very successful.

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