Algae and the plant

In this picture the long structure is the green algae and the green color part is actually the cell of vallisneria leaf, in this picture we could see how an algae has been attached to the plant

Thread algae

Thread algae is a type of green algae which will be long and filameous, which appears like a thread


Varieties of algaes seen while observing the water sample taken from the aquarium

A pool of life!

I noticed a green layer (presumably algae) growing on the terracotta pots on my terrace. All the pots have greenish growth on them, but they all look very different. One pot had a layer which was considerably thicker, and easy to scrape off. I soaked bits of it in regular tap water and let it…

Chlorella (green algae) from stagnant water

Not only is this my first post on Microcosmos, it’s my first day using the AMAZING Foldscope! I collected a sample of slightly green stagnant water from beautiful Pt. Defiance Park here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s so cool to see the rolling sphere shaped Algae! I wish I could upload a video for you…

Back to the Algae Sample: Strange Microorganism With Legs

Earlier in the month I put up a post showing some microorganisms I found in a sample I took from our horse’s water feeder that currently sprouts algae from every underwater surface, which were later identified as bdelloid rotifers by members of the community. Today I returned to the water feeder and took another sample,…

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

Observing freshwater microorganisms that can live on top of a tree!

Last month, I had the chance to enjoy a bit of my summer vacation by going to a beach in the serene province of Zambales in the Philippines. Initially, I only planned to catch some marine zooplankton as I thought those creatures would be very interesting to look at under the foldscope, and would make…

樋井川さんぽ (福岡市) Hii River Walk in Fukuoka, Japan

皆さんこんにちは!Hi everyone! 3月23日に福岡県福岡市を流れる樋井川(ひいかわ)の水辺環境を大切にしている地元の皆さんにお招き頂き、「樋井川さんぽ」に参加しました!On March 23rd, 2019, I was invited by an amazing community group in Fukuoka, Japan to join them for the monthly Creek Walk along Hii River. 「樋井川さんぽ」とは、2018年1月から月1回行われている清掃活動と環境学習を兼ねた活動 (詳細はこちら)。樋井川を大切にする地元の方々が連携して企画・開催されています。当日の様子は活動担当をされている宮本さくらさんのブログや樋井川さんぽFBでもご覧いただけます。The Creek Walk at Hii River is a monthly creek appreciation event that’s been planned, coordinated, and executed by the local community group since January 2018….

Microscopic image of Chaetomorpha algae

Chaetomorpha Algae, also known as Spaghetti Algae or Green Hair Algae, is an excellent macro algae for refugiums. … Chaetomorpha Algae removes both phosphates and nitrates from the water. 

Observing Freshwater Algae

The students of Botany Department, Gauhati University were oriented on foldscope use by a team from CEE North East in February 2019. Students were taken to the Deepor Beel wetland to collect water samples to study using foldscope. Students also studied permanent slides made by them. The above photograph is of a stained sample of…

Unknown Algal Specimen from Loktak Lake, Manipur

Student Name: Anjali Manoj College/School: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. Specimen: Unknown specimen of Kingdom Plantae Division Thallophyta Specimen collected from: Shell of snail found at Loktak Lake, Manipur  on 2nd December, 2018 Specimen observed at:  CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th December, 2018

Foraminifera in sand sample

Few weeks back had done two posts on foraminifera. I tried to look for it in the sand sample collected from Jaipur, India. Couldn’t find the foraminifera in that sample. I kept looking for it many different samples since then. Today, I was digging through the sand sample collected from the Girgaon chaupati (beach) in…

Algal filaments in a puddle

The unleashed rains in the past few days filled all the ditches and puddles with water. I collected a sample from a puddle with stagnant water in the college campus. Scum had gathered in the puddle. Under the foldscope the sample revealed presence of filamentous algae.

Elodea plant cell

This Elodea leaf cell exemplifies a typical plant cell. It has a nucleus, and a stiff cell wall which gives the cell its box-like shape. The numerous green chloroplasts allow the cell to make its own food (by photosynthesis). The central vacuole takes up most of the volume of the cell. It is transparent, but…

Water Sample collected from Garden Tank.

Water sample was collected from garden tank and transferred to clean glass slide. The slide was observed and recorded under foldscope using smartphone. Poonam Singh / Srinivasa Sundara Rajan R CSIR – CECRI, Karaikudi  

Algae sample under foldscope.

Water sample was collected from garden tank in a sterile container. A loopful of sample was transferred onto a clean glass slide and was covered using a coverslip. The slide was observed under Foldscope. Poonam Singh/Srinivasa Sundara Rajan R CSIR-CECRI

Unseen gems from the Western Ghats of India

One foot into the Western Ghats of India and you will hear a variety of birds singing, frogs croaking, cicadas calling and see the landscape covered with evergreen trees of different shades of colours. But what lies beyond what can be heard or seen with the naked eye? Each year, several new species of flora…