Invited talk and Demonstration of Foldscope

Invited talk and Demonstration of Foldscope to students of Alagappa University, Department of Microbiology on 15 October, 2018.   Dr. Poonam Singh/ Srinivasa Sundara Rajan R CSIR-CECRI Karaikudi

Petals of different flowers under foldscope

I am thrilled to observe these colored cells under foldscope. The Persian blue, yellow, red and orange colored cells are from Shankapushpi, marry-gold, Rose and Chrysanthemum.   This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Twinning program between Foldscope teams of The D. G. Ruparel College, Mumbai and Bijni College, Assam.

On  fourth day i.e. 29th September 2018 we conducted a National Workshop on “Foldscope: Assembly, Hands-on Training and Applications” in Basugaon Higher Secondary School, Chirang District, Assam. The workshop included an interactive talk with the students which was given by Dr. Sewali Pathak- Principal Investigator Assam and Junior Research  Fellow- Ms.Priti Dubey, Mumbai. This was…

Different parts of Apis dorsata under foldscope

Apis dorsata is a giant honey bee. Tribals use this species for honey and beewax collection. Apis dorsata is also the natural host of the Tropilaelaps mite, a devastating parasite with an expanding distribution.

Foldscope as an Educational and Teaching Tool-Histology slides of Spleen

To study the histology of Spleen- A Secondary lymphoid organ observed by students in class activity Spleen is a large, ovoid, secondary lymphoid organ situated high in the left abdominal cavity.  Spleen performs the function of filtering blood and traps the blood borne antigens. Blood borne antigens and lymphocytes are carried into the spleen through…

GGDSD Foldscope Team @Japanese garden

On the 2nd – Day of the workshop on Foldscope @GGDSD College, Chandigarh, a visit to Japanese Garden, Chandigarh was organized on 10th October, 2018. The garden spreads over an area of 13 acres and has been developed in two phases. An underground 100-foot-long tunnel connects the two phases of the garden.The garden has unique features…

IISF India International Science Festival 2018 at Lucknow

I went to IISF India International Science Festival for my research work poster presentation. There, I met Mo Pandiarajan (Foldscope Expert) sir. He verbally invited me to give foldscope training program for IISF India International Science Festival students/participants. It’s my pleasure to help our Kerala and Andhra Students to assemble the foldscope. Surprisingly, I met Prof. Manu…

Poster Presentation in Hindi

During the Hindi Month celebration at CSIR-CECRI, Hindi Poster Presentation Competition was held and we presented Foldscope poster in Hindi and won the prize.   Dr. Poonam Singh/ Srinivasa Sundara Rajan R CSIR-CECRI Karaikudi

Sectioning ovary of a wild mallow flower

Transverse section of ovary of a wild mallow flower was sliced and observed under foldscope.      The ovules with their outer integuments were clearly visible. The inner parenchymatous portion of the ovule was really amazing. The ovary wall was seen to have presence of protective hair on the outside. This post is open to…

Trichomes of a wild leaf with purple margins

A wild member of Malvaceae family growing along roadside in Chandigarh was plucked for Foldscope explorations. It is a wild woody shrub with leaves having serrated, purple margins and veins.    Foldscopy of the epidermal peel of the leaf revealed presence of stellate trichomes and glandular hairs.   This post is open to read and review…

Bryophyta Leaves

Funaria hygrometrica is the most common species. Funaria hygrometrica is called “cord moss” because of the twisted seta. The name is derived from Latin word “funis” meaning a rope. Leaves are arranged on the axis in spiral fashion. The leaves are sessile, simple, green and distinct mid rib. The leaf is single layered thick except…

Pollen of different size under foldscope

What is the reason behind pollen of different size ? In my slide I could see one pollen smaller and other larger under a foldscope.    This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

My first Foldscope post

Hi. I am Varsha, a 1st Semester student @GGDSD, Chandigarh. I would like to share my experiences of Foldscope workshop @GGDSD, College. Working with microscope was always a problem with me as i wear spectacles. The teacher would focus a slide on it and when my turn came, i would take them off and adjust…

Foldscoping in Japanese Garden, Chandigarh (India)

On the second day of the workshop, the participants were taken for a visit to Japanese Garden which is at a distance of 1 Km from the GGDSD College, Chandigarh. The garden has a lot of unique evergreen plants and has a serene environment for morning walkers and nature lovers.   The layout of the…

Two day workshop on Foldscope @ GGDSD College

We are indebted to students for their efforts  and inputs to the foldscope training workshop to make it happen just after finishing their mid semester exams, and dispersing for a short break. In the series of workshops conducted under foldscope project, A two day workshop was held @ GGDSD College Chandigarh on 9th – 10th…

Heartbeat of Zebra fish recorded under foldscope

Zebra fish (Danio rerio) has been emerged as one of the latest “models” for vertebrate embryological development studies. It offers advantages over traditional mammalian models as it has transparent body which is helpful in tracking down of drugs and can easily be monitored under foldscope. Heartbeat of the normal Zebra fish embryo (a week old)…

Amazing explorations of a flowering weed on my rooftop

A weed was seen growing on my rooftop. It was a succulent plant with linear leaves. All the flowers except one had fertilized giving rise to seeds. The single flower that was seen had not opened up. It was deep pink and I teased it to observe its pollen under foldscope. The seeds were small…