Pollen of Mahogony flower under foldscope

Indian mahogany (also called Red cedar) is botanically known as Toona ciliata. It is a large deciduous tree belonging to family Meliaceae (Neem family). In Chandigarh these trees can be occasionally spotted. I had gone for my car repair, where I spotted this tree in full bloom near the car market. I collected the samples…

28th April, 2019: Foldscope workshop at NCMR, Pune

It was a great experience organizing this workshop for school students in Pune at the National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR-NCCS) with Dr. Praveen Rahi’s help. The students had a great time, and it was wonderful to see the excitement on their faces as they assembled their Foldscope and viewed all sorts of samples. I…

Foldscopy

Pollen grain of common ornamental shrub “red bird flower”

Exploring the kitchen garden plants under Foldscope – pollen of radish

Radish, Raphanus sativus is a winter herbaceous annual of family Brassicaceae. The plant has a short hairy stem and a rosette of leaves. The season nearing an end some plants show whitish-pink flowers in corymbose racemes. Stamens bear yellow anthers with short filaments. The pollen isolated from anthers were seen under foldscope. They were oval –…

Pollen of white cherry @ Kansal Forest area

The area around the log hut of the Kansal forest is well maintained and showed beautiful landscaping. Clusters of racemes bearing pure white coloured flowers adorned the medium-sized Prunus (Family – Rosaceae) trees and were a part of landscape horticulture. The white cherry tree is of great ornamental value and is usually vegetatively propagated. The…

Pollen; Bio60_2019

I decided to take a look at the pollen of a flower that I found in my dorm’s flowerbed. Having religiously avoided pollen growing up due to an allergy to Cedar when I was younger, I was curious to see what had had me so watery-eyed in the winters in Austin. While my camera’s refusal…

Workshop on Capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope at Kumirmari, Sundarban in association with Sundarban Green Environment Association on 5th January 2019

On 5th January, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta organised a workshop on The Capacity building to enhance apiculture productivity through melissopalynological training using foldscope in collaboration with Sundarban Green Environment Association at Kumirmari, Sundarban. At 9 AM, local beekeepers of Kumirmari, attended the workshop.  Many beekeepers brought sample honeys in a sterilized container…

Pollen of a fodder bean under foldscope

Dolichos lablab is an important fodder crop and highly nutritious as rich in proteins. The pollen grains were isolated from mature flowers and observed under foldscope. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.