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…

Foldscope Outreach Activity @ Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad

As I was walking across the various cottages and galleries at Gandhi Ashram, I came to a cottage- the Gift shop of the ashram with a corridor where some kids from under-privileged section of the society were making hand painted greeting cards, stickers, key chains and beaded necklaces. As I interacted with them, I came…

A Memorable Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad (Part-1)

Being in Ahmedabad, I planned to visit Sabarmati Ashram on 4th January, 2019, which was at a distance of about 36 kms from the place of my stay. I hired a cab and within 40 mins., I was at my destination. I pinched myself twice to make sure I was at a place where once…

Fungus on ladoo (white peda) -II

In continuation to my earlier posts, trying to study fungi on different Indian sweets. Here is a white pedha, a well known delicacy.

Class room practical on bread mold experiment contd….(Group -B)

The class was quite excited to post the results. Group B results show an entangled mass of fungal hyphae and sporangia. Rhizopus was seen spreading all over with sporangia formation and also the stolons were clearly visible.  The students were happy to perform the activity and look forward for more foldscope-based activities. Curiosity-driven learning is…

Class room practical on bread mold experiment

A class room practical to study molds on bread was performed by 1st semester undergraduates. Target group – 20 students who worked in batches of 5 each Materials used – 4 slices of bread (any brand) 4 plastic bags Sealing tape Black marker Procedure followed – Each group took a plastic bag and labeled it…

Blue and yellow moldy growth on Amla

Powdery masses of green and yellow spores were seen on bruised surface of Amla ( Phyllanthus emblica). On consulting literature, it was evident that due to rough handling during long distance transportation and storage, the injured fruits are susceptible to fungal infections. The common microflora responsible for the post-harvest losses of fruits usually belong to…

Infected Cucurbita leaf under foldscope

White powder-like substance was seen on Cucurbita leaves. The leaves showed yellow patches also. The infected powder was seen under foldscope to find elongated structures as well as oval-shaped spores/cysts.

Fibers of soft toy under foldscope

Some fibers got loose from my sister’s teddy when it was washed. I stained them in beet juice and mounted them on a slide to see under foldscope. The fibers were quite clear and distinct.

Germinating fungal spores

Germinating hyphae were little tiny structures noticed in the fermented dough. I had always read about germinating spores but seeing for the first time under the foldscope was unbelievable.

Different stages of sporulation in fungi observed under foldscope

Beginning of sporogenesis is a rare view which I was able to study under foldscope incidentally. Stage-1: The fungal hyphae had spread forming a dense network called mycelium. Stage -2: From these some special reproductive hyphae called sporangiophores were visible. The tips of these stalk-like structures were slightly swollen. Stage -3: These then became big…

CONSORTIUM OF FUNGI ON FERMENTED DOUGH

My winter vacations began with fungal rich samples for my foldscope. Travelling from Chandigarh to Ahmedabad (in Gujarat) to my daughter’s place proved to be an enthusiastic vacation for me. While she was off to her workplace, I was busy cleaning the mess and there I got samples worth to view under a foldscope. In…

Mycelium growth found on chapati dough

Mouldy growth was seen on stale chapatti dough left un-noticed. On viewing a sample drawn from the white cottony infected portion showed growth of thread-like structures under a foldscope. These are mycelium.   

Workshop on Foldscope at Murguma, Purulia at Nature study Camp in collaboration with Howrah Vigyan Chetna Samannaya

A workshop named “Exploring Invisible World with Foldscope” at Murguma, Purulia at morning session of 27th December, 2018 was organized by foldscope team of University of Calcutta, Department of Environmental Science in collaboration with Howrah Vigyan Chetna Samannaya on 27th December, 2018. All the students of Nature Study Camp were present at the workshop. They…

Foldscope training session in progress @NSS camp, GGDSD College on 28.12.18

An overwhelming response of the participants was seen in the NSS camp on usage of foldscope. The participants were keen to exchange hands at learning foldscope. The time paucity rendered preparation of only few sample slides. The trainers tried to satisfy all the queries of the participants and the enthusiasm of the participants was appreciable.

Using Foldscope in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

It was a privilege to address about 110 NSS volunteers in a week-long training camp @GGDSD College, Chandigarh. The theme being ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, the interaction lasted 2 sessions. In the 1st session, the importance of cleanliness was stressed upon and the ways and means for the same were discussed. It was followed by introduction…

Foldscope sensitization@ NSS Camp GGDSD COLLEGE

National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. NSS Camp is a special kind of a weeklong camp which is usually organized by the regional NSS Centers once in a year. The camp is planned in such a way that the volunteers are…