Plant pot water full of life

Hey everyone, I’ve collected some water from the bottom plate of a plant pot to see what I would find there. I was completely blown away by the amount of things moving, and by the amazing diversity of species I could find. Their circling movements and erratic wiggling seemed like a dance to me! Unfortunately…

Larval stages of Filarial nematodes

One milliliter of blood was mixed with nine milliliter of 2% formalin. The mixture was centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 5 min and the supernatant was discarded. To the sediment, few drops of methylene blue solution was added. A drop of the solution was placed on slide with a cover slip above and examined under…

Foldscope, children and fun!

Conducted two microscopy sessions at two different community centres in Mankhurd area of Mumbai. First Centre was in Indira Nagar and second Centre was in Janatha Nagar. In both the sessions we all had fun. Once children understood how foldscope works, they brought various samples to observe under the foldscope. The most interesting observation was…

Insect larva before and after mounting in Karo

I brought home some pond water a couple of weeks ago, but in the summer heat, the water turned anaerobic (smelling of H2S) and I hastily took some of the smelly water and to my delight saw this larva. I think it is definitely some Dipteran species, although which one I am not sure. I love…

Mosquito larva ?

I just assembled my Foldscope two nights ago and because of work hadn’t had a chance to go in the field and find something, so I decided to look at what might be growing in a bath water recycling system I have on my porch. I was expecting to find the usual suspects that I…

“RIP Marisol the Sunflower” or Inside Plant Decay

            Marisol was the name of my small Sunflower plant living on my windowsill. One day during a dreary december in “The Garden State”, I noticed Marisol had keeled over and died. Saddened, I decided on a viking funeral for my courageous sunflower, gone too soon, but upon inspecting her…

Finding fruit flies in fermenting fruits

I had the great privilege to attend the Pan-American EvoDevo conference last week and learn from world experts on some of the most interesting life forms on the planet!  This list of interesting life forms definitely includes the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, a common guest in kitchens and compost piles around the world. While…