Pigeon feather

While looking for butterflies in the Nangal region, I got interested in pigeons. A lot many could be found near my place. I picked up a small, light weighted, delicate, silky, fluffy feather to look under a foldscope and saw beautiful cross fibres that I am sharing.  

An ant to begin with

I am a commerce graduate. Seeing my friends (from GGDSD @ Chandigarh peeping through this binocular like thing called Foldscope, I made an attempt at fixing an ant from the kitchen shelf and viewing the creature. It was my first attempt and I was amazed how a folding paper can give you an insight into…

Fibers from Nature -2 (Spider silk)

In the corner of my house, I spotted a web. Fixed it on a slide using a cellotape and viewed it through the Foldscope. I was astonished as it revealed the facts about it as a fiber material. The spotted spider web  A spiderweb commonly found in all house hold as a dreaded thing can…

Frog Blood Smear

Frog Blood Smear-This slide was in our foldscope kit, which I explained to a group of young school students who were very excited to see frog blood cells on the mobile phone and we captured few images. The large number of elliptical RBCs with a well defined nucleus. Fewer white blood cells scattered  with purple…

Comparing the peels of raw and boiled potato

After learning foldscopy @ GGDSD, Chandigarh, these days everything at home is set to pass through FOLDSCOPE TEST. Guess what?  Maa boiled potatoes for making cutlets, and the science in me asked whether cells in boiled and raw potatoes would look the same? I picked up a potato, gently removed its peel. It was too…

Sticky pollen

I had always imagined pollen to have thick, spiny covering called exine, which had germ pores on it. I came across Morning glory plant with pink flowers. It had bell shaped flowers, with the stamens quite deep seated. I took out the anthers, which had some staminal hairs along the filaments.  I could see a…

Pollen and pollen tube in Hollyhock flower

Pink Hollyhock botanically known as Althaea officinalis,  is a garden herb belonging to Malvaceae family. I plucked a flower growing in my friend’s garden to see its pollen. I was excited to  see a germinating pollen with a long pollen tube piercing through the style using a foldscope. This post is open to read and…

Cottage cheese

During my workshop at GGDSD COLLEGE chandigarh I took cottage cheese and suspended it in  water and centrifuged it at 2000 rpm for 2 mins.After 2 mins , I prepared a smear from the supernatant and observed it under foldscope . First I stained the smear with methylene blue and observed cocci . They may…

Peel of Plum fruit

Hello all back with something healthy and nutritious – Plums. Plums have high nutritional value and antioxidant properties. Varieties of plum with darker fruits are regarded as rich in valuable antioxidants. But the major limitation to this healthy fruit is its storage due to short shelf life and softening that reduces its flavor quality and…

Peel of Tradescantia leaf

Tradescantia is a monocot plant with purple colored long leaves having parallel venation. While my mentor @ GGDSD was engrossed in staminal hairs, I tried my hands at making a leaf peel. The amazing part was that many stomata were ripped while peeling the epidermis and they floated in water, as I had made a…

Pollen and Staminal Hair of Tradescantia – a spiderwort

Tradescantia (a spiderwort) is an invasive species and is well known to show cytoplasmic movements. In an attempt to study the phenomenon of cyclosis, the purple-heart species (Tradescantia pallida) was selected. It is an easy to grow plant by cuttings.   Its stamens have bilobed anthers with long filaments. Apparently the filaments appear white, but…

Foldscopy-A Beginer’s view

Attending the workshop at GGDSD College, Chandigarh along with my friends was a wonderful experience for me and came to know about foldscope, which I have never heard before. Not from the medical science background, I have observed a prepared slide of Dracaena, a monocot.   I have attached a mobile phone with it and peeped…

Rhoeo peel

Sharing with you the peel of Rhoeo leaf – the Oyster plant foldscoped by Yatin @ SD College, Chandigarh Peel of Rhoeo leaf Magnified view    

Foldscope Orientation

In a summer workshop conducted at SD College, Chandigarh, the students of B.Sc Botany were familiarized with the concept of foldscope, its usage and potential advantages. Later they collected samples and tried their hands at foldscopy. They were thrilled with this new activity to capture the images on the mobile phones. Glimpses from the workshop…

Pollens of sunflower

These are some of the pictures of pollen of sunflower under foldscope observed by me Rahul prasher,student of G.G.D.S.D. College,chandigarh(India) This all observation and pictures are taken under the guidance of my teachers Dr.Jasveen Dua ma’am and Dr. Samriti Dhawan ma’am.   This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Magnificent world of butterflies-2

1. wings of peacock pansy butterfly collected during my field visit. 2. a single scale dusted from the wing having villi like projections at tip and many striations in its body. 3. wing scales as seen under foldscope. 4. scales magnified. 5. black coloured scales magnified. 6. scales having different projections at their tips. 7....

Magnificent world of butterflies-1

    Butterflies are one of the most fascinating creatures on this planet and these beauties have always left me impressed.Here is me Jasdeep singh, student of G.G.D.S.D. College,chandigarh(INDIA) who is trying to explore their magnificent world. Butterflies have scales on their wings and these scales are arranged just like tiles on the floor.These scales…

Fibers from Nature -1

I, Aman Arjel  of SD College, Chandigarh could never imagine, sample collection for foldscoping could lead me to a summer vacation project on fibers of biological origin. It all happened by chance. Thanks to my buddy Kanwar Pal Singh who noticed Calotropis fruit – a follicle (which our Botany teacher told) and chose to see…

Student’s foldscope explorations

Students efforts and inputs made our workshop at GGDSD College a success. On the 2nd day of the workshop students learnt to register and create their IDs on microcosmos foldscope site. They are using it, is being reflected as they had started sharing their experiences on it. Many students Parul SD1, Shubhangi_SD3, Rahul_SD13, Mamta_SD14, Dipti_SD5,…

Cashew peel under foldscope

I am excited to share my foldscope click of cashew peel. Can anybody guide what is being viewed as I am unable to make out these beautiful stripes. I simply know that cashew are a rich source of fats and a few vitamins. In autumn break I had been to Goa on the college trip…

Disc floret of Sunflower

  Plants have always fascinated me. A sunflower blooming in the garden was plucked and its disc floret placed on a slide. Some amazing things were observed when seen through a foldscope, which I am sharing with you all. Kindly tell me what are these structures? Whether these are Spicules or Trichomes or scales……….

My First experience with Foldscope

This is my first experience to work with foldscope. These are few of the clicks taken by me  in the foldscope workshop held at  SD College Chandigarh. I was amazed to see such a microscope that can work with my Phone. This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Petunia Pollen grains @GGDSD Workshop

It was a wonderful experience for me to attend foldscope training workshop at SD College. I came to know about Foldscope for the first time. I couldn’t imagine that a paper based microscope can work like a conventional microscope.  I plucked some petunia flowers from college garden and observed its anther and pollen grains under…

From Learner to Foldscope Demonstrator

Being a part of Foldscope team @ GGDSD College, Chandigarh (India) has been an interesting and challenging experience for me. My journey began from ICGEB, New Delhi on 16th of April, 2018, where I along with my PI (Principal Investigator) attended the Foldscope Orientation Workshop. We learnt to assemble the tiny pieces and use them...