MNP Visit#3

Date: 13th Dec 2018Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi, MumbaiDescription: Today we analysed lily pond water, soil sample and moss that had grown on a stone.

MNP Visit#2

Date: 1st Dec 2018Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi, MumbaiDescription: On our second visit to MNP, we observed the biodiversity in the Water Lily Pond. Water was collected from the surface and from a depth of 10 cm below the surface and analyzed using the Foldscope. No organisms were observed in the surface water. We concluded…

Because Algae’s here to stay!

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from a freshwater pond. I observed so many types of algae, but could record only a few of them. Observations:

The nucleus lends my divided cholorophyll some peace: Cylindrotheca

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from a freshwater pond. I observed rapid motion of this organism and concluded it to be a diatom. Observations: Kingdom:                    Chromista Subkingdom:              Harosa Infrakingdom:            Heterokonta Phylum:…

Loxophyllum in fresh water…

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from a freshwater pond. I observed rapid motion of this particular ciliate and procured its identity! Observations: Kingdom:                    Chromista Subkingdom:              Harosa Infrakingdom:            Alveolata Phylum:                      Ciliophora…

“Protists rule the water”- Urocentrum

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from a lotus pond. And I found many of these little creatures making their way in the water. Have a look! Observations: Kingdom:        Chromista Subkingdom:  Harosa…

Macrothrix, is that you? Peekaboo!!!

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from a lotus pond. And I saw some kind of movement in the water which wasn’t clear due to insufficient resolution. Hence, I observed the same…

What’s floating???

Place: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, India. Description: I went on a field visit as a part of a group to observe various water ecosystems. I collected a water sample from an artificial water body made for the purpose of rain water harvesting. And this is what I saw in a single drop- something, or rather…

Passiflora incarnata

Date: 15th Sep 2018Place: Flower from a Passiflora vine near CSMT railway station, MumbaiDescription:Passiflora incarnata is also called Krishna Kamal (Black/ dark Lotus) in the local language Marathi. I studied the flower petals, ovaries and the pollen grains. It is surprising to note that the dark coloured pigment on closer observation actually are pinkish red…

MNP Visit#1

Date: 24th Oct 2018Place: Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP), Dharavi, MumbaiDescription:After receiving the written permission to carry out field studies in the MNP, we paid our first visit in order to look around and choose the study sites (ecological niche). We spent a plesant afternoon walking around the park and narrowed down on the Lotus Pond,…

Foldscope Poster Presentation: NSFLS 2019, Mumbai

Date: 26th & 27th Mar 2019Place: University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus, MumbaiParticipants: 4-member Foldscope team from St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), MumbaiDescription: After year long research, it was time to present our Foldscope observations at the National Symposium on Facets of Life Sciences – 2019 organized by the University of Mumbai. The 2 PIs along with…

Outreach#5: St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai

Date: 3rd Apr 2019Place: Geology Postgraduate Lab, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), MumbaiNumber of participants: 20Description:After almost an year of working on the DBT – Prakash Lab India Foldscope Phase 1 project, we managed to conduct a Foldscope workshop on our home ground at St Xavier’s. The students had got to work with the Foldscope at…

Outreach#2: Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai

Date: 23rd Jan 2019Place: Dept of Microbiology, Ramnarain Ruia College, MumbaiNumber of participants: 50 FYBSc Biological Science studentsDescription:I conducted a workshop on ‘Assembly of Foldscope and Hands-on Training’ at the Department of Microbiology, Ruia College, on 23rd Jan 2019, from 1.00 to 4.00 pm. This workshop was a part of DBT Foldscope project being done…

Outreach#3: Rural Karnataka, 765 students

Date: 28th – 30th Jan 2019Place: Shirali and Mallapur villages, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka state, India1. Srivalli High School, Shirali (Std 8th and 9th) – 270 students2. Siddhartha English Medium High School, Shirali (Std 8th and 9th) – 210 students3. Siddhartha Degree College (BSc) – 90 students4. Guruprasad High School, Mallapur (8th, 9th, 10th class) –…

NER Twinning: Bijni College, Assam visits St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Date: 1st & 2nd Mar 2019Place: Mumbai, MaharashtraTwinning Partners: Dr Sewali Pathak, Bijni College, Assam & Dr Maya Murdeshwar and Dr Sujata Deshpande, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, Maharashtra.Description:Dr Sewali Pathak visited Mumbai as part of the NER twinning project. Due to the semester-end exams in St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, a workshop could not…

NER Twinning: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai & Bijni College, Assam

Date: 14th and 15th Sep 2018Place: Bijni, AssamTwinning Partners: Dr Sewali Pathak, Bijni College, Assam & Dr Maya Murdeshwar and Dr Sujata Deshpande, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, Maharashtra.Number of Participants: 170 registered participants, several additional walk-in participants. Description:Foldscope PIs from St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, Maharashtra, reached Bijni College in the small town of…

Outreach#1: Worli Seaface BMC School, Mumbai

Date: 27th Aug 2018Place: Worli Seaface BMC School, MumbaiParticipants: 23 students (across 3 divisions of Std. X) Description: In the first Foldscope outreach programme carried out by us, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, collaborated with the Teach for India Foundation ( https://www.teachforindia.org/ ) and conducted a ‘Health and Hygiene Workshop’ at the Worli Seaface BMC…

Yeast cells

Date: 3rd Aug 2018Place: Life Science Lab, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), MumbaiDescription: A culture of yeast cells was growing in the lab. I took a few and observed them under the Foldscope and under 40X lens of the compound light microscope.

Permanent Slide Study

Date: 7th Jul 2018Place: Life Science Lab, St Xavier’s College, MumbaiDescription: Getting used to handling the Foldscope using permanent slides.

Oscillatoria

Domain:    Bacteria Phylum:   Cyanobacteria Class:  Cyanophyceae Order:   Oscillatoriales Family:   Oscillatoriaceae Genus:  Oscillatoria Commonly found in:   In water troughs made for drinking water to animals Reproduction:  By fragmentation Oscillatoria are green, unbranched filamentous green cyanobacteria. They show oscillating movement in which filaments can slide back and forth in order to orient themselves…

Chlorococcum

Domain:  Eukaryota Kingdom: Plantae Division:  Chlorophyta Class:  Chlorophyceae Order:  Chlorococcales Family:  Chlorococcaceae Genus: Chlorococcum Commonly found in:   Freshwater Reproduction:     With help of zoospores Chlorococcum are unicellular green algae, spherical in shape with single chloroplast. They have ability to form biofilms on wet surfaces. They move in circular manner. They help in photosynthesis and produce…

Photosynthetic Euglena

Domain:  Eukaryota Phylum: Euglenophyta Class: Euglenophyceae Order:  Euglenales Family: Euglenaceae Genus: Euglena Commonly found in:  Fresh and marine water system, still water on which there is bloom Motility: Whipping motion by flagella Reproduction:  Asexual reproduction (binary fission) or mitosis Euglena are eukaryotic organisms which have characteristics of both plant and animal cells, photo-heterotrophic organisms. They…

Interaction of Nematode with food substrate

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum:  Nematoda Commonly known as:  Roundworm Commonly found in: Marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Mobility:  S-shaped motility Nematodes are transparent, size ranges from millimetre to centimeter that is easily visible to human eye, elongated cylindrical in shape without segmentation and outer layer is made of elastic cuticle which sheds four times during its…

Interactions of Water mite

Scientific name:   Hydrachna species Phylum:  Arthropoda Subphylum:  Chelicerata  Class:  Arachnida Order: AcarinaFamily:  Hydrachenellae Commonly known as: Water mite Commonly found in:  slow moving streams Mobility:   Motile Reproduction:  Sexual reproduction Water mite is a zooplankton, size ranges from 2-7mm, often bright in color to attract or warn predators or for mating purposes. Adult water mites…

Hiding of Rotifers

Phylum:  Class:   Eurotatoria Order:  Bdelloidea Commonly known as:  Wheel or whirling animals Commonly found in:  Brackish or marine habitats, still water such as lake bottom, in soil, or on mosses. Mobility: Sessile (immobile) Reproduction: Sexually or parthenogeneic. Rotifers are planktonic, size ranges from 1mm-3mm and may have different body shapes such as sac-shaped, spherical, cylindrical, wide…

Exploring!

Date: 20th Jun 2018Place: Life Science Lab, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), MumbaiDescription: My first few Foldscope images! Exploring was fun! I looked at a plant leaf that I picked on my way to college, some soil from the college garden and a run-away thread from my cotton dress. Observations:The leaf section was too thick and…

Magnification Comparison

Date: 19th Jun 2018Place: Life Science Lab, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai Description: The magnification of the assembled Foldscope (140X) was compared with that of the standard compound light microscope (10X and 40X lenses). Permanent slides were viewed. A slight aberration was observed at the edges of the field of view of the Foldscope possibly…

Entodinium caudatum in rumen fluid

DBT scheme –“Foldscope for dignosis of rumen acidosis and parasitic infection in cattle”. Protozoa under the genus Entodinium Entodinium caudatum protozoa in the rumen of cattle was identified using foldscope.

Diplodinium flabellum in rumen fluid

Protozoa under the genus Diplodinium Diplodinium flabellum protozoa in the rumen fluid of cattle was identified using foldscope. Diplodinium flabellum is a rare species that has only been found in Indian cattle and it is ovoid to triangular in side view.