How does Cuscuta a parasitic plant feeds?

A post about this Sunday’s exploration: You must have seen greenish yellow threads/wire like structures on many plants. What are they? Are they part of plant or a seperate plant or creeper? If you go closer you’ll see that they definately not part the plant. And if you try to check if it is creeper…

Cuscuta: a parasitic plant

  Went for a morning walk and spotted Cuscuta. It is a parasitic plant which wraps itself around a host plant and survives on food produced by the host. I took a small section of it with a sharp blade and observed it under the Foldscope. Section was good enough to see different parts of…

Parasitic infections in Cattle (a. Cattle ticks)

Endoparasites live inside the host. The may either be microparasites such as: blood protozoans (Theileria, Babesia, Trypanosomes) or macroparasites like: Helminths (Trematodes, Cestodes, Nematodes) Ectoparasites include ticks, mites, leeches, flies etc . They live on the outer surface of the host. The most common ectoparasites are ticks which causes cattle tick fever, Theileriosis ,Babesiosis etc….

Fungus on a fly

Today while trying to do emails at home with the windows open I had a fly buzzing around and I gave swipe at it which in most cases does nothing but move the fly out of my general space for a few minutes, but today my flailing finger actually made contact with the insect. I…

Protozoan parasitizing a mosquito larva ?

The Sierra Nevada of California right now is blooming. The hills are brushed in the purple, golds and yellows of the California floral palette and beneath the old firs massive bolete mushrooms are pushing up through the duff, nearly asking to find themselves on a dinner plate. Water is abundant and where it has pooled,…

“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…

Getting up close with nematode parasites 

Parasites have some stylish lifestyles. They figure out how to enjoy living inside another host; so comfortably that they can not do without. This starts to sound like a guest who never leaves – and they are a burden. Have you ever heard of “elephantiasis”.. When limbs enlarge to unimaginable extent (elephant like). The category…