Mysteries of Dal Lake, Kashmir – Part II

After seeing the diverse flora in Part I, here I share the findings on the microbes in the water from Dal Lake. We thought we could find a dense composition of organisms if the water could be centrifuged. Sayantan, a graduate student in biology at TIFR Hyd helped me with this. We put 50 ml…

Microbial diversity in a paddy field water sample — Part 3

TWO WORMS Nematodes were in the sample right from Day 1. I was a bit neglectful of them perhaps because, in the numerous samples that I have observed till today, this guest has always been ready to come under my Foldscope. It was on Day 2 that I observed two new worms, one with long…

silk fabric fiber

brief look at silk Silk was dug up in  8,500 year old Chinese tombs.  In  3630 BC  silk fabric was used at the YangShao Neolithic(5000 BCE -3000 BCE) culture site excavated in 1921 in Henan province.  Silk was rugged and withstood ravages of time due to material properties. We owe the process of making fabric and…

Desi Badam pollen

Here’s a Badam tree (Terminalia catappa) flowering : When I was trying to get pollen I found this well camouflaged spider hanging around: Not sure if it’s a pollinator or it’s lurking around for pollinators…… Even after avoiding our spider friend, plucking flowers and squashing anthers did not work very well — the pollen was…

Arthropod Soil Biodiversity and Foldscope-DSLR Camera Hack

It has been a while since my last post on butterfly wing scales – since then I’ve been thinking up some directions to apply the Foldscope to a more in-depth study on biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. When I initially played with the Foldscope in the jungle, I had the idea to take one scoop of soil to see what…

Itchy exploration

The following images will make your head itch. If you are wondering what they show, let me tell you I have two kids and we live in Argentina (we’re in summer now). Yes! Lice! Never before I thought a louse would be a source of gratification for me. And that’s only because of Foldscope. Have…