Accidental things

I wished to observe a transverse section of the ovary of Hibiscus flower. Took a section with a shaving blade and observed it using the magnifier provided in the kit.

I was being told repeatedly by my botany teachers at college that it is impossible to get longitudinal section of ovule of any flower. One has to make use of a microtome to get a section. However while trying to take the transverse section, I saw something incredible. That two of the ovules had been chopped into perfect halves. Immediately I put the section into a foldscope and observed.

I had accidently ended up with a longitudinal section of ovule using just a shaving blade. Ovule was still attached to the placenta 😛
This looked quite like an orthotropous ovule.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Dear @Ronak,

    What a fantastic post. Yes; indeed – sometimes trying things out is the most valuable step.

    Also, speaking of micro-tome: here are methods for making one at home – it uses a good washer and a good screw – that’s all. This will significantly improve your sections.

    Also; I have another post that also shows a trick of attaching two shaving blades with a double sided tape to make sections as well:

    I am always amazed with your work. Continue following your curiosity – and never give up. Keep exploring.


  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Also; are you coming to Delhi for the workshop? Did you get the invite.


    1. Ronak Hati says:

      Yes I have received the invite and would come. However I have not yet received any confirmation email yet from DBT and further information.

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