A glimpse of the rotifers living in my hay infusion

Last month, I collected some pond water samples from my university and decided to make a simple hay infusion setup at home to see what microbes I can successfully culture. To make the hay infusion, I gathered some dried grass and dead leaves near the pond area (which we call “the lagoon”) and boiled them…

Still seeking the Tardigrade!

Hello friends! My quest to find a Tardigrade led to an exploration the ‘Dagad Phool (Kalpasi)’ ecosystem, with lots of interesting organisms except, no Tardigrades! Recently, on a family trip to Singapore I had a wonderful time with my grandchildren. But everywhere I went, along with my grandchildren, I watched out for lichens and mosses,…

Exploring the ‘Dagad Phool’ ecosystem

It started with my wondering about the pictures of tardigrades on the new foldscopes. Called the “world’s most indestructible creatures”, I learnt that these hardy champions survive for 30 years without food or water. They have endured extremely cold, irradiated journeys, riding on the outside of space-ships… and you can find them just by soaking…

Lichen suspensions as growth media

For some time now, I have been completely bowled over with lichen suspensions (1,2,3). You never know what surprise you’d get. I suppose, it would be so for mosses too.  All I do is to drop a lichen scraping in a small petridish with about 5 ml of bottled water and follow it for days,…