Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 08

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… Step right up Folks…. See the infamous Water bears that can survive extreme conditions… Finally one of them caught in the act too… Tardigrade in a circus act… Just look at…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 07

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… As I mentioned in my earlier post that we are done with the journey, in the subsequent posts I will be discussing about the methodologies to find them. NOW!!! how does…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 06

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… The last place that we reached was Pangong Tso lake, at a height of about 4,350 m. 60% of the lake’s length lies in China. This lake lies in the Indo-China…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 05

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… After Khardung La pass we entered Nubra valley (Coldest Desert of India) Still no sign of Lichens anywhere… We’re almost reaching the end… Part 06 in the making…. For other Parts,…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 04

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… As we finished our journey in Hampta Pass, we returned back to Manali as our trip to Leh–Ladakh was about to start. The valley is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots,…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 03

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… Next stop was Hampta Pass (32.2703698 N 77.3465824 E; 4277 m above sea level) Next campsite was Sheagoru (32.2781109 N 77.3549425 E; 3949 m above sea level) Here ends our Journey…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 02

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… We further trekked to our next campsite i.e., Chika (32.2821 N 77.2558635 E; 2998 m above sea level) Next camp major camp site was Bhalu ka Ghera (32.2801933 N 77.2967295 E;…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 01

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. My current endeavour on Tardigrades (water bears) started as a passion for Astrobiology, these tiny creatures are known to survive extreme environment conditions (i.e., low or high temperatures/pressures, high dosage of X-rays/gamma rays/UV…

Tardigrades of Banerghatta National Park

Hey folks, Here’s a post about Tardigrades. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka. A portion of the park has become a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure,…

Day 7: Lichen cultures

Continuing from my previous post, I am going to try and keep an eye on the succession of life in my lichen cultures. For this, I have 6 different lichens collected from different trees put into petridishes containing RO water. Below, I categorize all life I could see after 1 week. Here are results from three…

Tardigrade and friends

I have been greatly inspired by the Stanford Tardigrade post and want to explore the local lichens for similar associations. Initially, I was just focused on finding Tardigrades, but then everytime I picked up a lichen for foldscoping there were other life forms that were consistently observed in the same environs. I then thought that I  should report…

How to Find Tardigrades (Water Bears) in Your Own Backyard

Tardigrades, also known as Water Bears or Space Bears, are incredible members of the microcosmos that can be found just about anywhere in the world. These eight-legged invertebrates are only 0.1-1mm long, yet they are certainly the world’s toughest animals! Just how tough are they? They have been shown to survive temperatures as low as…