Cells of red leaves of Poinsettia

The bright petals of Poinsettias, which look like flowers, are actually the bunch of upper leaves of the plant, called bracts. Poinsettia flowers are small, green or yellow, and grow inconspicuously in the center of each leaf bunch. The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico’s…

One day workshop on Foldscope at Baghmundi village of Purulia, West Bengal, India

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, in collaboration with Howrah Vigyan Chetna Samannaya, organised a one day workshop on the morning of 15th April 2019 at Bongada Bidu Chandan Birda Gaarh Primary School, Purulia, West Bengal, India. Introductory Session- The session started with giving a basic idea of how small our naked eyes can…

One day with foldscope at the Srijan arts school, Purulia, West Bengal, India

A one-day workshop was conducted in Srijan Arts School, Balaram, Purulia, West Bengal, India. Students from different classes were present. To them, The concept of the microscope was in itself a fascinating thing. When a paper microscope was introduced to them, they were excited to observe the microcosmos through the Foldscope. Introductory Session The session…

One day workshop on Foldscope at Purulia

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, organised a one day workshop at C.S.N High School, Balarampur, Purulia, West Bengal, India on 13th April 2019. Introductory Session- The workshop started with Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri, giving the basic idea of foldscope and the microscopic world to the participants. The participants were students of standard 6 to…

ROLE OF FOLDSCOPE IN ORGANIC FARMING

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, organised a workshop on “Role of Foldscope in Organic Farming” at Vivekananda Institute of Biotechnology, Sri Ramkrishna Ashram, Nimpith, West Bengal, India on 6th April, 2019. Introductory phase- In this phase, basic introduction of foldscope was given to all the participants. Demonstration Phase- In this phase, we demonstrated…

One day workshop on foldscope at the Nature Study camp

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, organised a workshop on, “Magnify your curiosity- Explore The Microcosmos with Foldscope” at Joygopalpur, West Bengal, India on 27th March 2019. Introductory phase- The workshop started with giving a basic idea of nature to the participants. After that, a brief idea of the microscopic world was given to…

One Day Workshop on the use of Foldscope

Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta jointly with Department of Physics, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidyalaya, organised a workshop on Foldscope on 28th March 2019. Introductory Session- Since the participants of this workshop previously had exposure to foldscope, the workshop was for advanced students. This session began with a basic introduction to foldscope and…

Crab shell

I tried to observe sand bubbler crab shell through Foldscope which i found in sand. I observed it in almost no light.

Isolation and Identification of Anabaena Azollae from Azolla through Foldscope

Anabaena Azollae is a small filamentous phototrophic cyanobacteria generally seen as a multicellular organism with two distinct, interdependent cell types. The first is a small, circular, photoautotrophic “vegetative” cell that performs oxygenic photosynthesis and is typically blue green in color. The second is a heterocyst; a larger, paler, more homogenous cell produced by Anabaena to…

Arteries carrying red blood in Hermit Crab

We got the hermit crab while collecting shell and it was dead so we decided to dissect and observe the body parts under foldscope. This is some part from abdominal region where we observed this beautiful arrangement of arteries caring red blood and below we observed a patch of blue blood also

Reaching The Unreached: Foldscope in the hands of Nicobarese tribes at Harminder Bay (Hutbay), Little Andaman

One day Foldscope workshop on “Role of Foldscope Microscopy in minimising the risk of zoonotic diseases, field level diagnosis of plant diseases and ensure the personal hygiene of Nicobarese tribal farmers” was organised in collaboration with ICAR – Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair. The said event was organised on 20.03.2019 at Harminder Bay,…

Mucor Species observed under Foldscope

Mucor is a filamentous fungus found in soil, plants, decaying fruits and vegetables. As well as being ubiquitous in nature and a common laboratory contaminant, Mucor spp. may cause infections in man, frogs, amphibians, cattle, and swine.

Variety of trichomes in Tulsi leaf

Onset of spring season has sprouted new leaves on my tulsi plant. Trichomes were isolated from young tulsi leaves and observed under foldscope. They were of variable shapes and sizes. I wonder if the mature leaves too have similar type and shapes.

Leaf Trichomes of Daucus carota

Certain leaves when eaten cause irritation of throat. Such leaves are not even eaten by cattle and other herbivores. When scratched and seen under foldscope the cause was presence of trichomes on the surface of leaves.