Spirogyra’s beautiful chloroplasts


If I was given the chance to be an organelle, I would rather mute into a chloroplast, so magnificently coiled as the ones Spirogyra exhibits. It definitely must be amazing to make oxigen and organic compounds staring at the sun.



This is my very first attempt with foldscope, lacking high amplification lens and led light, but obstinacy can be profitable sometimes.





3 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    @Cristina: you do indeed need theFoldscope kit. Send me an email at manup at Stanford.

    Beautiful post. Can you say something about how the sample was collected.


  2. laksiyer says:

    Really nice resolution

  3. Cristina says:

    Hi, Mr. Manu Prakash. It is very simple: I collected a little bit of this freshwater alga . It was attatched to a rock, but only took away some threads and left the rest. I knew Spirogyra was the perfect candidate due to the difficulty of watching smaller microorganisms without the high mag lens. The clue, as many testers know, is to find colourful samples and, without any doubt, as thin as possible in order to allow light reach your eye. Hope this is what you are asking for in your question.

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