Crab shell

I tried to observe sand bubbler crab shell through Foldscope which i found in sand. I observed it in almost no light.

Arteries carrying red blood in Hermit Crab

We got the hermit crab while collecting shell and it was dead so we decided to dissect and observe the body parts under foldscope. This is some part from abdominal region where we observed this beautiful arrangement of arteries caring red blood and below we observed a patch of blue blood also

Hyalomma Tick viewed under foldscope

Ticks were collected from cattle and stored in 10% Formalin. Based on the morphology, the tick was identified as Hyalomma under foldscope. These tick are longirostrate ( long mouth parts) (figure1). It was observed that the 1st Coxa is deeply bifid ( figure 2).

Foldscope Orientation Workshop at Shivaji Park Lion School for Deaf.

Foldscope Orientation workshop was conducted on 11th March 2019 at Shivaji Park Lion School for Deaf. The workshop was organised for 7th standard students of the school. The workshop included introduction to foldscope with help of their class teacher, followed by demonstration of slide preparation. The participants later prepared slides of Spirogyra, stomata of betel…

Rhabditiform larvae of Hook Worm under Foldscope

Early developmental larval stages (first and second) of soil-borne nematodes such asNecator, Ancylostoma, andStrongyloides, which precede the infectious third-stage filariform larva.

Curvularia spp.

Curvularia is a dematiaceous filamentous fungus. Most species of Curvularia are facultative pathogens of soil, plants, and cereals in tropical or subtropical areas, while the remaining few are found in temperate zones. As well as being a contaminant, Curvularia may cause infections in both humans and animals. Curvularia produces rapidly growing, woolly colonies on potato dextrose agar at 25°C….

Mucor varians

I have tried identifying the fungi, do tell me if it is correct or not

Foldscope: Hands On Workshop cum Image Acquisition Contest

A one-day event was conducted by Centre for Nanobiotechnology, VIT Vellore, on 16 March 2019 to aware UG/PG students and faculty members about the Foldscope and its potential advantages and applications. The event was started with the journey of the invention of Foldscope from match-stick model to paper-origami based microscope development followed by initiatives taken…

Zebrafish Embryo

We can see the eyes prominently in this video. The embryo is moving so in the start of the video we can also see heart beating.

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. 

Pollen of Wild almond flower

Wild Almond Tree is a soft wooded tree that can grow up to 115 feet tall. The origin of the name of the bad-smelling Sterculia genus comes from the Roman god, Sterquilinus, who was the god of fertilizer or manure. 

Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Ticks were collected from dogs and stored in 10% Formalin. Based on the Anatomy, the tick was identified as Rhipicephalus sanguineus under foldscope.

Haemonchus contortus

Haemonchus contortus – These blood suckers are otherwise known as Stomach worm, Barber’s pole worm, is highly economically important Strongyle of sheep and goat. The anterior ends of both males and females are similar ( figure 1). The posterior end of female, the vulva is covered by a cuticular flap ( vulval flap or vulval knob)…

Larval stages of Filarial nematodes

One milliliter of blood was mixed with nine milliliter of 2% formalin. The mixture was centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 5 min and the supernatant was discarded. To the sediment, few drops of methylene blue solution was added. A drop of the solution was placed on slide with a cover slip above and examined under…

Amphistome egg

2-3 g of dung sample was taken, mixed with water and then sieved. The mixture was centrifuged at 2000 rpm for about 2 minutes. The supernatant was discarded and a drop of the sediment was placed on a slide with a cover clip on top. It was then examined under foldscope. It was observed that…

Brine shrimp

I got some brine shrimp cyst (Artemia salina) for fish feeding and got to witness its hatching.

Brachiolaria larva

Brachiolaria is the second stage of larval development in many starfishes. it has bilateral symmetry.

Obelia colony

Obelia is a marine colony of hydroid organisms. Each colony of Obelia consists of a horizontal thread-like root called hydrorhiza which is attached to a weed or any substratum ,Obelia is a marine colony of hydroid organisms.

Ovule of Hibiscus and its transverse section

These are the flower’s eggs, located inside the ovary. Upon fertilization by pollen, they will eventually grow into a seed. In fruit plants, pollen will not only spark the growth of a seed, but a surrounding fruit as well.

An Aurelia scyphistoma

The scyphistoma is a sessile, larval (non-reproductive) stage of Aurelia, which in time turns into a strobila. Scyphistoma sometime multiplies by budding from stolons. After some time scyphistoma undergoes transverse fission at its oral end, a process called strobilation.  .

Bipinnaria larva

A bipinnaria is the first stage in the larval development of most starfish. It is free-living, swimming as part of the zooplankton. When it initially forms, the entire body is covered by cilia.

ICAR-NBAIR conducts workshop for Mynsain farmers

A daylong workshop for farmers to attest the utility of a ‘paper microscope’ in advocating management practices against microscopic pests in organic farming was conducted by ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resource, Bengaluru in association with ICAR Complex for NEH Region, Barapani at Mynsain village in Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya in December 2018. Around…


An amoeba, is a term generally used to describe a single celled eukaryotic organism that has no definate shape and that moves by means of pseudopodia. Pseudopodia or pseudopods are temporary projections of the cell and the word literally means “false feet”. The cell uses the pseudopodia as a means of locomotion. The plural of amoeba is…