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…


Chickpea, Cicer arietinum L. belongs to the family Fabaceae.. It is a self-pollinated, diploid and annual grain legume crop. It is a major source of high quality protein in human diet. Roots of chickpea crop develops symbiotic nodules with the Rhizobium bacteria, which are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen in plant-usable form.

Water mites in hydra culture

I have often observed a cluster of tiny whitish organisms growing in the hydra culture that I maintain at the lab. While the hydra adhere to the bottom of the beaker/dish, these float on the water surface. At first, I thought it was a sort of contamination, but the culture always seemed pretty healthy. Here’s…

Foldscope workshop for School students in Kinnaur district of Himachal

A workshop on #Foldscope was organised in a school of kinnaur district tribal region of Himchal Pradesh. A total of 22 students participated, all of them were super enthusiastic to know about the relevance of microbial communities. After assembly of their own Foldscope, the observed various samples collected from the school surroundings.

Four days hands on Foldscope workshop at NCCS Pune

Workshop on foldscope was conjointly arranged by ICAR-NEH and NCMR-NCCS for MeECL school, Shillong class X students under DBT funded project at NCCS Pune. During the workshop, the students were trained for assembling the Foldscope, sample preparation and posting it on the microcosmos website. All the students came up with enthusiasm and curiosity exploring different…

Butterfly wing under foldscope

Hello, myself Tejameru M Sangma. I am from Me.E.C.L Secondary School Umiam . Standard 10. On 14th November  me and my friends with some of my teachers we visited Panshet Dam,near Pune. After reaching the spot ,I found a butterfly near the Panshet Dam. Thinking of butterfly wing , I wanted to observe its structure…

Rhizopus observed in curd

Curd was kept by mistake at room temperature for  two days and  fungal  growth seen on it. Slide was prepared by taking  fungus and stained with lactophenol cotton blue and Rhizopus  was observed under foldscope.

NOSTOC with heterocyst in their filament observed under foldscope.

Nostoc Cyanobacteria with heterocyst in their filament was observed in the water sample collected from the pond near Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, Maharashtra.  Nostoc is the free-living (nonsymbiotic) cyanobacteria capable of transforming atmospheric nitrogen into fixed nitrogen. Particularly efficient nitrogen fixers are found among the filamentous species that have specialized cells called heterocysts. The heterocysts are thick-walled cell inclusions that…

T.S. of Pea Root

Transverse section of Pea Root seen under Foldscope using Methylene Blue stain. Samples were surface sterilized and then embedded in Paraffin wax for thin sectioning.

Foldscope workshop at NCMR, NCCS, Pune

A total of 55 students from nine schools and 20 teachers and members various NGOs participated in the Foldscope workshop organized at NCMR, NCCS, Pune This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Cockroach Leg and pseudopenis

Cockroach Leg and pseudopenis were observed on a dead cockroach whose appendages were cut off and mounted on a slide, same repeated for the pseudopenis. exciting clear images seen. Enjoy!!

Spider Lily Pollen grains under Foldscope

Easy Slide preparation for foldscope: Just placed the stamen of Spider lily flower on the adhesive tape and stamen was removed. The pollen grains got adhered to the tape and were observed under the foldscope. It was a very nice experience to see the Pollen grains with the nucleus.

Mint flower and leaf under Foldscope

Mentha (mint) is an aromatic plant, distributed across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America. Leaf colors range from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow. The flowers are white to purple. We observed mint flower and leaves using foldscope. It was a very simple sample preparation, for leaf, I directly placed my…