Unknown Algal Specimen from Loktak Lake, Manipur

Student Name: Anjali Manoj College/School: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. Specimen: Unknown specimen of Kingdom Plantae Division Thallophyta Specimen collected from: Shell of snail found at Loktak Lake, Manipur  on 2nd December, 2018 Specimen observed at:  CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 6th December, 2018

Trichomes

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.

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…

Elodea plant cell

This Elodea leaf cell exemplifies a typical plant cell. It has a nucleus, and a stiff cell wall which gives the cell its box-like shape. The numerous green chloroplasts allow the cell to make its own food (by photosynthesis). The central vacuole takes up most of the volume of the cell. It is transparent, but…

Moss leaf

Mosses are bryophytes, primitive plants believed to be among the first to develop the ability to live on land. Mosses have no vascular tubes to transfer water or nutrients, and no true stems or roots. Environmental water sources and absorption limit their size. The University of Massachusetts estimates there are 14,500 moss species growing in…

Stomata on lower epidermis of leaf.

It was a great experience watching slide of epidemic cells and stomatas with the help of a foldscope . Foldscope works really well as a portable microscope and it also does not require any adjustment. According to me Foldscope is a great device.

Onion cell

It was my first attempt to use foldscope. It was very surprising to watch cells, cell wall, cell membrane and nucleus of an Onion peel with such clarity in a simple microscopic tool.

Aphis gossypii (Common Cotton Aphid)

Name of Institution: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore. Student’s Name: Anjali Manoj Specimen Observed:  Aphis gossypii (Common Cotton Aphid)                                                                  On the 24th of July, I,…

Epidermis of a Croton leaf

I, along with my fellow students of CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore, observed the epidermis of a Croton leaf on 8th June, 2018. The leaf used for the observation was that of a croton found in my garden. Care was taken to ensure that we use the epidermis from the part of the…

Section of Lotus Root

On 8th June, 2018, I, along with my fellow students of CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore, observed a section of a lotus root under the foldscope. The root was obtained from a lotus plant growing in pond near my home.  On seeing the root without any aid, the root appeared spongy. When we…

Getting to know my (plant) neighbors Episode 1 – Camellia japonica 椿

Hi Foldscopers! フォールドスコープ探検隊の皆さんこんにちは! I went for a very long walk with a mission, follow a river from the upper watershed all the way down to the mouth. 休日の散歩に、近くを流れる川に沿って上流から河口まで散策しました。 Along the way, I found many kinds of plants, both wild and cultivated. I consider them my neighbors, and I’d like to introduce them to you! And…

Tarragon Spice (Bio60_2018)

Adding to my collection of spices, I decided to write a post about Tarragon which is a rather unnoticed, unknown, but distinct spice. My last post focused on using a dry mount for a dried product, however,  tarragon was flat enough to be used with a wet mount to produce rather satisfying results.   Since…

Onion Cells

I was fortunate enough to be accepted as an initial Beta tester for the Foldscope project.  I have two daughters who love science and I had been contemplating buying them a microscope when I first heard about the project.  I can’t describe how how excited I was to receive our Foldscope package in the mail. …

Difference Between Cells of a Rose Petal and Cells of a Rose Leaf

Purpose of the experiment: Determine if a rose’s leaf and petal share the same cells. Problem of the experiment: Does a rose leaf and petal share the same shape of cells? Hypothesis: If the Foldscope is used to observe a rose’s leaf and petal, then we will be able to determine whether they share the…

Hair-like structures inside Carnivorous Plants

Purpose To find structures that carnivorous plants may use to trap and kill insects.   Problem I don´t know what structures do carnivorous plants use to trap and kill insects.   Hypothesis If I use a Foldscope to see the inside of a carnivorous plant, then I will be able to find structures that carnivorous…

Foldscope Day 3: Ants, Pollen, and Berries up close

Ants I stuck an ant under the foldscope. The ant and the foldscope did not disappoint. What looks to the eye approximately like this… …under the foldscope, is transformed into this. So of course, I had to take a video and explore this ant further. Here’s what I saw. Amazingly, the ant is actually translucent,…

Carpobrotus – a pig face plant 

Its a little bit ironic for a plant to be called pig face. Specially when it looks like a beautiful flower. This is a very common plant – carpobrotus – with almost 25 or so species spread all across the coast of California. It would be rare to be at a beach in California and…

Leaf and Trichomes of Cabomba caroliniana

I have a fish tank at home and I am starting to look at samples from it under the Foldscope. Here I studied the leaf of Cabomba caroliniana, a basal angiosperm. It is a fast growing common aquarium underwater plant, with linear leaves. I looked at the leaf with the high powered lens. After discussion…

Looking closer to a leaf

              plant cuticles are protective, hydrophobic, waxy coverings produced by the epidermal cells of leaves, young shoots and all other aerial plant organs. Cuticles minimize water loss and effectively reduce pathogen entry due to their waxy secretion.