Introducing school students to the world of microbiology using Foldscope

I visited Aizawl to attend the National Conference on Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria during the second week of May 2018. I reached Aizawl one day prior and planned to conduct a workshop at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Aizawl. The weather in North-Easter part of India is difficult to predict and it started raining heavily, somehow our flight landed…

Sundar TNSF Theni

More Pollen!

During our second week of the Summer School Students Workshop 2018 at the The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, we observed the diversity of flowers using the Foldscopes we assembled the week before. Here is a lovely bouquet of flowers we collected from around us: Lets start with our “model” flower, the Chembarathi or Hibiscus:…

World of Microscope

Biology is one of my favourite subject and the foldscope has really opened my eyes and increased my curiosity levels . I was able to view a lot of microorganisms and i am very much excited to view more .

Vacation with a twist of Science

During my trip to Colombia, I was so amazed by nature and surroundings. But at the same time, it was somehow sad to see the precarious water and sanitation services arround rural and semi urban areas. The last week of my trip we went to the wonderfull Tayrona Park, a natural reserve in Magdalena Region…

TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR THE MENTORS

We, at Govt. H.S. & M.P. School, Kokrajhar, Assam have organized two-day Workshop on the Use of Foldscope. In this workshop 23 teachers from our school and 5 teachers from other fringe school of the district have taken part. This workshop was basically a training workshop for the trainers. The selected Mentors (Teachers) will work…

Leucocytozoon ziemanni from owl in US(ID: 4)

This is a blood smear sample from owl/husk in the U.S. On the sample, it is obvious that there are enlargement and shape changes in the blood cells. This symptom is from infection of Leucocytozoon ziemanni, a parasite with owl as its intermediate host. To form the scale bar, we drew two lines with 1mm…

African trypanosomiasis blood smear(ID: 6)

This is a human blood smear sample from Africa. The diagnostic feature of this sample is that in the blood smear, there are visible parasites. Although this sample was not stained well, by naked eyes we can identify flagella on the parasite body. There are more than 20 parasites on this blood smear sample. This…

கம்பத்தில் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப் பயிற்சி

தேனி மாவட்டம் கம்பம் ஒன்றியத்தில் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப்பயிற்சி. 17.05.2018 அன்று ஒரு நாள் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிப் பயிற்சி 19 அரசுப் பள்ளி ஆசிரியர்களுக்கு ஈடன் கல்வியியல் கருத்துக்கூடத்தின் சார்ப்பில் நானும் இனியனும் வழங்கினோம். 8 ஒன்றியங்களிலிருந்து 19 ஆசிரியர்கள் உற்சாகமாக பங்கேற்றனர். அவர்கள் எதிர்பார்த்ததை விட மிகச் சிறந்ததாக இருக்கிறது என்பதை பகிர்ந்து கொண்டனர். மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கியின் செயல்பாடு அவர்களுக்கு பெரும் ஆச்சரியத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியதை அவர்கள் தங்களுடைய அனுவத்தை பகிரந்து கொண்டபோது தெளிவுபடத்தினர். இதற்கான ஒரு நாள்…

Snaps from first session

These were the results of my first attempt using my Foldscope and I enjoyed the time that I spent doing this. The more I viewed, the more I became interested in doing so.

growth on lemon surface

Lemon was kept outside in a plastic box and it developed fungal growth on this rind.    

Spores

Unidentified spores seen under foldscope

Forewings of a rice weevil

A small post dedicated to the cute little pest that shares its meal with humans. Meet the rice weevil…

Fungi with Foldscope

For long time I wanted to really see how fungi looks. So today i decided to see it with the foldscope. But I did not have lactophenol cotton blue stain to see it. So I found an alternative from the internet and tried it – Iodine and Glycerine is the alternative. Fungi was present in…

மகரந்ததூள். இன்று நடைபெற்ற மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கி பயிற்சியில் மகரந்ததூள் தெளிவாக பார்க்கப்பட்டது.

Viewing black cumin “infested with pests” using Foldscope

Black cumin is an Indian spice, which was found infested with some kind of pests. A pest was captured and viewed under Foldscope. The closer view helped us to identify the insect as “Cigerrette bettle” (Lasioderma serricorne) (Source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/cigarette_beetle.htm). With the help of Foldscope, we were able to study the insect much closely and also viewed…

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Foldscope workshop training at cumbam organised by TNSF Theni

Vanakam Today dist level workshop on foldscope In Theni Dist

இன்று தான் மடிப்பு நுண்ணோக்கிக்கான பயிற்சி எடுத்தேன். மிகவும் பிரையோஜனமான விஷயம். அரசுப்பள்ளி மாணவர்களுக்கான மிகச்சிறந்த ஆய்வு ஆர்வத்தினை கொடுக்கும் அற்புத கலையிது. நன்றிகளும் ,மகிழ்ச்சியும். -சக.முத்துக்கண்ணன்.ஆசிரியர்.