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).

Helminth Eggs

Helminths are large multi-cellular permanent parasitic worms, which can be seen with  our naked eyes. Knowledge of various species of helminth affecting the cattle will give an idea about the nature and intensity of helminthosis in bovine. They live and feed on living hosts. Helminths include Trematodes, cestodes, and nematodes.Trematodes are commonly called as flat…

Boophilus microplus (male tick)

Ticks were collected from cattle and stored in 10% Formalin. Based on the morphology, the tick was identified as Boophilus microplus (male) under foldscope. It was observed that Boophilus microplus are brevirostrates(have short mouth parts). A dorsal hump and ventral notch was also visible in the 1st Coxa. The presence of caudal process (in male…

Bacteria from my hands

I have tried to observe microorganisms from my hand so imprinted my hand on a nutrient agar plate and incubated it over night . Nexxt day Observed some colonies on the plate I prepared a smear and Gram stained it and observed the slide under foldscope.   Hardeep

A web hanging on my railing (Fibers from nature)

A web was seen hanging on my railing. I could not see any insect nearby. The insect had woven the web at night probably and had vanished with the dawn. I carefully fixed the web on the slide as it was swaying with the breeze. On looking through a foldscope, a mesh of entangled fibers was…

Biofilm in buffer

Maintenance of buffers in the lab are an important aspect but are also prone to contamination easily. Similarly, a common buffer happened to be unused since a long time and was eventually discarded. It just so happened due to festive week, the lab remained closed for a week allowing the buffer solution to remain further…

Bird watching at wetlands

The journey started at 5.00 in the morning from the gates of GGDSD College, Chandigarh on 17th October, 2018. The students were excited and full of enthusiasm all the way. We had started early so that we could catch a glimpse of the chirping birds. The distance of 50 Kms was covered in about 1…