Pond Sample Discovery

Recently, while in Hanmer, New Zealand, I took a water sample from the pond is Chisholm Park. After a bit of peering through my foldscope, I discovered this micoorganism that I at first thought was algae, the same as the surrounding plant matter. I then saw it move forward in a smooth, sliding fashion, leading…

Strange Microorganisms in Algae Sample

Noticing the algae covering the sides of the water feeder for our horse, I decided to take a sample and see if I could spot any microorganisms under the foldscope. As it turned out, I was in luck!I first noticed the creature on the right because of the strange mouth-like appendage at its centre, that…

Freshwater organism- Seed Shrimp

Many different species of Seed Shrimp live in vernal pools. They come in many colors. They have a single eye. The body of a Seed Shrimp is protected by two shells that form its carapace. The carapace resembles a seed, so they are called Seed Shrimp. The body inside the carapace is short with two…

The Compost Bunch

I’ve only just started out testing my Foldscope and these are my first shots of trying to get down with the compost crew from my kitchen composting bucket. I’m interested in soil biology, or rather compost food web diversity for producing quality compost tea. It’s very exciting to actually be able to asses the diversity…

Movement of Rumen protozoa as seen under a foldscope

Here’s a short video on movement of Protozoa’s present in Rumen fluid, as seen under a Foldscope. Sorry for the bad video quality, tried my best juggling the camera phone, foldscope and trying to keep track of the protozoa which swims quite fast!!. As for the method of I kept a drop of the filtered…

What can we learn from microbes?

Believe it or not, life does not end where our vision does. In fact, life goes deeper and gets smaller than one could ever imagine! A single drop of water has innumerable unique, diverse, creepy, yet amazing organisms. When we look at a drop of water, we do not see the tiny life forms within,…