Fungi observed through foldscope. We can easily see observe sporangium and spore (conidia) structures through foldscope.  

Observed Euchlanis Rotifer under Foldscope

Euchlanis is a genus of the microscopic invertebrates known as rotifers. Sometimes alternatively referred to as wheel-animalcules, rotifers feature a characteristic circular arrangement of cilia at their front ends that are reminiscent of a turning wheel when they are in motion. In addition to a ciliated corona, or head, Euchlanis species have transparent bodies and two strong toes…

Proboscis of a Moth.

Moths have very long proboscis, or tongues, which they use to suck nectar or other fluids. These proboscis are very tightly coiled when not in use, like a hosepipe. When in use, the proboscis are uncoiled to their full length and in some species, that length is remarkably long.

One Day Workshop on Foldscope- It’s assembly and applications. Conducted by Madras Veterinary College

DBT Foldscope scheme – ” Foldscopes for diagnosis of rumen acidosis and parasitic infections in cattle”. A one Day Workshop on Foldscope’- It’s assembly and applications was conducted on 14.11.2018 at Student day care centre- seminar hall of Madras Veterinary college by the Dept. of Animal Biotechnology, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Madras Veterinary College Chennai – 07….

Feather of Peacock

We observed the feather of peacock under foldscope and learned about the cells of rachis. The feather consist of  Vane, Rachis, Barbs and Hollow shafts. The rachis contains pith, which is composed of air-filled keratinised epithelial cells surrounded by a solid keratinised outer cortex. … Barbs: The series of branches fused to the rachis, constituting the major surface area of…

Head part of Mosquito Larvae

The head of the mosquito larva is basically prognathous. The mouthparts, therefore, are considered as anterior appendages. The mandibles and maxillae exhibit a wealth of taxonomic characters that, unfortunately, are not extensively used in mosquito taxonomy. A lateral palatal brush (mouth[/no-lexcion] brush) is borne anteriorly on either side of the mouth. In most larvae, the brushes consist…

Polytene Chromosome from salivary glands of Chironomus Larvae

Polytene chromosomes are giant chromosomes common to many dipteran (two-winged) flies. They begin as normal chromosomes, but through repeated rounds of DNA replication without any cell division (called endoreplication), they become large, banded chromosomes.  Polytene chromosomes are usually found in the larvae, where it is believed these many-replicated chromosomes allow for much faster larval growth than if the cells remained…


Trichomes serve a variety of functions, depending on their location. As root hairs (and as leaf hairs in epiphytes), trichomes absorb water and minerals. As leaf hairs, they reflect radiation, lower plant temperature, and reduce water loss. They also provide defense against insects.

Twinning program between Foldscope teams of The D. G. Ruparel College, Mumbai and Bijni College, Assam.

On  fourth day i.e. 29th September 2018 we conducted a National Workshop on “Foldscope: Assembly, Hands-on Training and Applications” in Basugaon Higher Secondary School, Chirang District, Assam. The workshop included an interactive talk with the students which was given by Dr. Sewali Pathak- Principal Investigator Assam and Junior Research  Fellow- Ms.Priti Dubey, Mumbai. This was…

Twinning program between Foldscope teams of The D. G. Ruparel College, Mumbai and Bijni College, Assam.

On third day we dissected four more freshwater fishes namely Epidocephalicthys gunthea, Psilorhyncus balitora, Acanthocobitis botia and Borioa darieo. We learned the taxonomic method of identification through foldscope. We prepared slides of different parts of body of fishes which included Mouth parts, Fins, Gills, and Scales. We observed all the slides through foldscope. We also prepared…

Different parts of Apis dorsata under foldscope

Apis dorsata is a giant honey bee. Tribals use this species for honey and beewax collection. Apis dorsata is also the natural host of the Tropilaelaps mite, a devastating parasite with an expanding distribution.

Impromptu microscopy session at GGSS Telipada, Jaipur, Rajasthan

After classroom observation at GGSS Telipada school , as there was some free time, did a microscopy session with kids. Took water sample from outside the school building. Luckily, water was so rich that students got to see so many kinds of microorganisms. Sharing the video:    

Bryophyta Leaves

Funaria hygrometrica is the most common species. Funaria hygrometrica is called “cord moss” because of the twisted seta. The name is derived from Latin word “funis” meaning a rope. Leaves are arranged on the axis in spiral fashion. The leaves are sessile, simple, green and distinct mid rib. The leaf is single layered thick except…

School visit for “Foldscope”

Workshop for Foldscope in Govt. Middle School of Nipaniya Goyal in a rural area of Ujjain by the team of Foldscope of R D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain

Wing of Carpenter Bee

The wing in nature looks black, but after looking under foldscope it was totally different.