Symbiosis continued – what’s inside a gut of a termite

We just finished running a foldscope training workshop for Exploratorium staff; allowing them to bring microscopy access to people outside the Exploratorium. I am thrilled we got to play with a termite and finally imaged ciliates living in the gut. Enjoy the video – I will post more videos from field collected samples. If you…

Dinoflagellates-cnidarian symbiosis in an upside down jellyfish – Cassiopea xamachana: Or “how to do science at a poster session and find a real life popeye”

I had the incredible fortune to meet a phenomenal postdoc Dr A. Ohdera at the lab of Dr. Y.Zheng (Carnegie institute, Baltimore) at ASCB (American Society of Cell Biology) 2018 meeting (poster number B786). Amongst thousands of posters – what struck me is that Dr Ohdera – who studies a unique symbiotic relationship between a…

Symbiosis!

Aiptasia are unusual beasts. To a naive eye, these palm-like anemone could easily be confused for plants. In fact, aquarists often refer to them as weeds, owing to their ability to rapidly grow and multiply in seawater aquaria. These creatures are most definitely animals. However, they do serve as a home for photosynthetic algae (dinoflagellates). In…