Kaleidoscope of yogurt fungus!!


I often find rotting food; not just in my kitchen but also everywhere around. Often I throw it out as soon as I see it – not this time. I was surprised with the colors at first, and so I decided to dig a little deeper. Oh well, I was up for a surprise. See if you can identify each of the fungal spores I collected from the yogurt.

1. I used a glass slide for this demo, since I knew I wanted clean images of the spores.
2. To get the spores on the slide, I gently brought the glass slide (cover slip actually) close to the growing fungus and made a small shake.. With a small cloud of spores I could see gently landing on the cover slip.
3. I mounted this on a glass slide; and used my 140x foldscope with an iPhone 5 for taking images.

Here is the result; a beautiful array of spores of all geometries. If you can identify the spores, leave a message below.









5 Comments Add yours

  1. Niramay Gogate says:

    I cant believe these photos are taken using foldscope. Its clarity is too good. I would say that if you are getting such good photos with your foldscope , why don’t you try out normal bread mould ? because they are easy to grow and easy to isolate.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Thanks for the note Niramay. I will try the bread mold as well. That is a great idea.

    I like to know what’s in my surroundings; so finding what grows in my kitchen is appealing to me 🙂


  3. john eebest8 says:

    Magnificent web site. Lots of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!
    mike eebest8

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