Moss under Foldscope

Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations.

Rotifers under Foldscope

Rotifers are microscopic aquatic animals of the phylum Rotifera. Rotifers can be found in many freshwater environments and in moist soil, where they inhabit the thin films of water that are formed around soil particles. On observing pond water under the Foldscope we spotted these rotifers.

Tardigrade under Foldscope

After the tardigrade sample collection (mentioned in a previous post), the dry samples of lichen were soaked in water overnight. Then water samples and lichen samples were observed under the Foldscope. We could observe many micro organisms and also tardigrades. Some of these beautiful creatures appeared transparent under our Foldscope and some showed brown colouration.

Pollen grains of Petunia flower.

Kingdom : Plantae Sub kingdom : Tracheobionta Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta Sub Class : Asteridae Order : Solanales Family : Solanaceae Genus : Petunia Species : juss Petunia is genus of 35 species of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related to tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, deadly nightshades, potatoes and chili peppers…

Spiky pollen grains of Hibiscus

Kingdom : Plantae Sub Kingdom : Tracheobionta Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta Order : Malvales Family : Malvaceae Genus : Hibiscus Species : rosa-sinensis Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions…

Spiky Pollen grains of Hibiscus.

Kingdom : Plantae Sub Kingdom : Tracheobionta Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta Order : Malvales Family : Malvaceae Genus : Hibiscus Species : rosa-sinensis Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions…

Tactoid pollen grains of Tecoma stans (Yellow Trumpetbush)

Kingdom : Plantae Sub kingdom : Tracheobionta Class : Magnoliopsida Division : Magnoliophyta Sub Class : Asteridae Order : Scrophulariales Family : Bignoniaceae Genus : Tecoma Species : stans Duration : Perennial Habitat : Tree, shrub Yellow trumpetbush is an attractive plant that is cultivated as an ornamental . It is drought tolerant and grows…

Tardigrade sample collection Part-1, Bhauri, Bhopal, MP

Tardigrades (water bears or moss piglets) are water dwelling, eight legged micro animals. They have been found everywhere and are among the most resilient animals. We set out in hunt for this extremophile around the vicinity of IISER Bhopal. We found a pond in Bhauri, a village near IISER Bhopal and collected water samples from…

Nematodes under Foldscope

We took water sample from a pond in Bhauri, a village near IISER Bhopal. On observation under the Foldscope, we stumbled upon some nematodes. Nematodes or round worms inhabit broad range of environments. Many of them are parasites of insects, plants or animals. Free-living species are abundant, including nematodes that feed on bacteria, fungi, and other…

Identification needed

We collected water sample from a pond in Bhauri, village adjacent to IISER Bhopal. On observation under the Foldscope, we came across some minute organisms in the water sample. We are conflicted so as to what it might be. If anybody can identify the organism, please do comment below.

Arrangements of scales of a butterfly belongs to Lycaenidae

I spent lots of time with different insect taxa When I was working with the Zoological Survey of India for biodiversity assessment on Himalayan landscapes. But most memorable things for me was the collection and preservation of Lepidopterans because I was so much astonished by their coloration and patterns. Lepidoptera group is comprising of Moth and…

Aphids under Foldscope from the IISER Bhopal campus.

Aphids are mostly tiny sap-sucking insect belongs to Aphidoidea (Superfamily). They are mostly greenish and blackish in color, but coloration varies widely from species to species. These tiny insects excrete very sweet nutrient droplets, known as honeydew which is very much preferred by various Ants. Ants collect honeydew from aphids and give them protection from…

First foldscope pictures

Garlic peal - with mobile zoom Test image with foldscope - of fixed slide provided with the kit

Foldscope: First trial

Today we started exploring the Foldscope, and we started by observing Cucurbita b.w. slide and we were amazed by the performance of the simplistic and efficient Foldscope. https://sites.google.com/view/ceglab/home