Using Foldscope as tool in class room teaching @GGDSD College, Chandigarh

A class practical on testing the presence of starch in food was performed using Foldscope by students of 6th semester. Requirements: Potato tuber, razor blade, cover slip, water, iodine solution, microscope, blotting paper, foldscope Principle: Iodine reacts with starch and changes its colour to blue-black Procedure: Cut a thin section of a potato tube by…

Pollen of an unknown wild flower

I spotted an unknown pinkish-lavender coloured wild flower growing near my house. I plucked and fixed its pollen on a slide to observe under foldscope.

Pollen images

Using a foldscope to observe pollen gives fantastic images.

Algal Biofilms observed on coupons

A PVC coupon was immersed in Garden water tank for almost three months. The biofilm formed on the coupons was removed and cultured on LB medium at 37°C for 24 hrs. After which a loopful of culture was taken and a smear was prepared on a clean glass slide and observed under Foldscope. Dr. Poonam…

Wild plants of Chandigarh – Specimen 4 (Railroad creeper)

Commonly known as Railroad creeper or Ivy-leaved Morning Glory Botanical name – Ipomoea cairica Family – Convolvulaceae (Morning Glory Family) Collection site – Sec-64, S.A.S Nagar (Mohali) Habitat – fast-growing perennial herbaceous vine, that becomes weed in the wild. It rapidly colonizes the nearby trees, poles and nearby vegetation by creeeping Habit – herbaceous perennial…

Lantana Camara : Sepals

Looks like a normal leaf…but The tiny hair like structures look so evident like this Until we meet again ~ Val

Fungi everywhere -3

Sample 3 is of dried cake of Henna paste. Henna powder is applied as a natural dye to greying hair in our country (India). The powder is soaked overnight and then applied on hair. Somehow my friend did not get time to apply it and the paste dried up. When she noticed it after 3-4…

Fungi everywhere -2

Sample -2 is of juice, which we normally relish at juice corners roadside. But never have seen whether the vendor washed the utensils or the juicer. The old juice left in the jar normally starts to ferment within a few hours. You can see the thick sporangia isolated from beet and carrot juice left overnight…

Fungi everywhere

Fungi are the organisms that can find a place to grow anywhere. They can cause rotting of fruits, vegetables or juices. I have now starting exploring all such substrates that are suitable for fungal growth. Sample -1 is from a juice corner, where I could spot roughage being thrown as waste serving as an easy…

Planktons of Sabarmati river, Ahmedabad through foldscope

Sabarmati water was collected from the river front from different sites. One of the areas that had planktonic growth was strained through the mesh and sample fixed on a slide to view through the foldscope to find some mobility of planktons that is being shared with the community. Please help identify the organism……. Sample -1…

Foldscope demonstration in a village school-2

Foldscope orientation workshop was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar). Use of audio visual aids is rarely done in classrooms in rural setups. Theoretical explanation and videos on foldscopy raised curiosity in the students. This paper microscope really fascinated them, They want to use it on their own. They…

Foldscopy in a village School of Punjab

A Foldscope orientation programme was organized at S. Baldev Singh Govt. senior secondary School, Majatri (SAS Nagar), Punjab on 7th Jan, 2019 by team Foldscope@GGDSD. The school is situated around 25 km from Chandigarh. While traveling from Chandigarh to village I have seen many stalls selling fresh Jaggery. They are preparing it on roadside from…

Moldy growth on home-made butter

Some bluish-green moldy growth was seen on home-made butter kept in refrigerator. I drew out a sample and fixed it on slide to observe under foldscope.

Foldscope sensitization and exploring brushy anthers – an outreach activity

While I was at my daughter’s place in Ahmedabad, I sensitized her friends on usage of foldscope and how it can help in viewing different samples. As a sample, they plucked a purple coloured flower growing near the society gate and plucked its anthers. They all were fascinated to see how these appeared under foldscope.

Explorations with foldscope @ Ashram

The kids enjoyed viewing different samples as they peeped through foldscope. To them it was something so amazing. Sample – 1 Flower (Ipomoea) Sample – 2 Flower (Albizzia)

Ginger and Turmeric cells as seen under foldscope

Ginger and Turmeric both have medicinally and economically important parts as rhizomes and both belong to family – Zingiberaceae. So I tried to see the difference between the cells of both the types using foldscope by scraping the cells. I could see not much difference in the shape of the two types, except for that…