Holotrich Protozoa identification in a field setting

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscope for diagnosis of Rumen acidosis and Parasitic infection in cattle”. This post is in response to Manu Prakash’s comment on our previous post (Holotrich protozoa – from Rumen fluid). Rumen fluid was collected from an healthy cow  (Figure 1) in a sterile container (figure 2).  A drop of rumen fluid was…

Observing freshwater microorganisms that can live on top of a tree!

Last month, I had the chance to enjoy a bit of my summer vacation by going to a beach in the serene province of Zambales in the Philippines. Initially, I only planned to catch some marine zooplankton as I thought those creatures would be very interesting to look at under the foldscope, and would make…

Protozoa in healthy Rumen Vs Rumen acidosis

Rumen acidosis is a serious condition by which there is a drastic decrease in the pH of the rumen in cattle. Rumen lactic acidosis develops in ruminants that have ingested large amounts of feed rich in carbohydrates. It results in the production of large quantities of Volatile fatty acids (VFA) and lactic acid, thereby decreasing…

Movement of Rumen protozoa as seen under a foldscope

Here’s a short video on movement of Protozoa’s present in Rumen fluid, as seen under a Foldscope. Sorry for the bad video quality, tried my best juggling the camera phone, foldscope and trying to keep track of the protozoa which swims quite fast!!. As for the method of I kept a drop of the filtered…

Free Resource: Freshwater free-living Protozoa ID GUIDE

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