Foldscope Awareness program in S.J.T Surana Jain Vidyalaya School

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscopes  for diagnosis of rumen acidosis and parasitic infections in cattle”.  An Awareness program on’ Introduction to Foldscope- An Origami paper microscope”  was held at S.J.T. Surana Jain Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School  ( No.2, Badrian Garden Lane, Park Town) Chennai – 600 003 for the class 9 students on 31.10.2018 by the Dept…

Let’s investigate the ‘case’!

Hello Everyone! The ‘case’ I am investigating in this article actually starts with an insect.  It was in my washroom, a small irregularly shaped creature moving up the wall.  I was curious and got my LED magnifying glass to watch its movement.   My first impression was that it must be an insect emerging from its…

Micro-Structural Characteristics of Flour Beetle Wing Surface

Morphostructure in Fore Wing of Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum) – 1 Morphostructure in Hind Wing of Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum) – 1 Morphostructure in Hind Wing of Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum) – 2 Morphostructure in Hind Wing of Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum) – 3 Morphostructure in Fore Wing of Flour Beetle (Tribolium castaneum) – 2...

Biofilm Analysis in Drinking Water Distribution System

Comparison of Biofilm on PVC coupons in Drinking water distribution system using Foldscope and SEM. PVC coupons were immersed in drinking water distribution systems for almost 30 days.  Analysis of water and biological parameters were done at regular interval of time. The coupons were removed and observed for biofilm formation. The biofilm formation was observed…

Fibers

Last week, we organized a teachers workshop which had a session on fibers. Teachers worked with a range of fibers to test them for various properties like combustion: There was also a part of the unit where they looked at fibers under a microscope. I thought would be nice to try with a Foldscope. So…

Foldscope kindles curiosity among farmers at Krishi Mela in Bengaluru

We demonstrated the Foldscope for hundreds of farmers at Krishi Mela held at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. They were very curious and surprised to see minute pests under the Foldscope. We also demonstrated specimen separation, slide preparation, etc. The farmers were from several districts like Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Chikkaballapura, Kolar,…

Thrips are a treat to watch under the Foldscope!

Thrips (Order Thysanoptera) are tiny and slender insects with fringed wings. They have unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Many thrips species are pests of agricultural and horticultural crops. Some species are known vectors of plant viruses. Also, several species are beneficial as pollinators as well as predators of other insects or mites. [Specimens from Dr R.R. Rachana]

Foldscope introduced to horticultural farmers in Channapatna, Karnataka

On 30 October 2018, we conducted a workshop entitled “Utility of the Foldscope in Crop Protection: Assessment-cum-Training Workshop for Farmers” at the Department of Horticulture, Channapatna, Ramanagara district of Karnataka. The main purpose of this workshop was to introduce the Foldscope to local farmers and to assess the utility of the gadget in crop protection….

Compound foldscope!

Mandibles of wood termite was observed using 10x eye piece placed over focusing lense. without using the zoom of cell phone image was magnified.

Twinning Workshop conducted jointly by Holy Cross College, Agartala and Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Twinning Workshop held on 13.11.2018 conducted jointly by Holy Cross College, Agartala and Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Workshop programme inaugurated by Ratan Lal Nath (Minister of School Education, Higher Education, Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Welfare of OBC and Minority), Dr. FATHER Emannual Kallarackal, Principal of Holy Cross College, Agartala, Dr. Dipanwita Chaudhuri Sil, Dept. of Botany, Holy…