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Utility of Foldscope in Biological Research

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Lakhimpur Girls College, Assam, India
  • 2Department of Chemistry, Lakhimpur Girls College, Assam, India
  • 3Department of Chemistry, Lakhimpur Girls College, Assam, India
  • 4Department of Chemistry, Lakhimpur Girls College, Assam, India
  • 5Department of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 9, Issue (4), Pages 45-49, November,10 (2020)

Abstract

The foldscope is an origami portable and affordable microscope that can be used as a high-end frugal technology for teaching science. Our local environment is fulfilling with various microorganisms which affect our community. It is impossible to identify them at the spot without sampling in laboratory. However, this can be done in spot with the help of a foldscope. The aim of this study was to isolation bacteria from arsenic contaminaed sites of Lakhimpur districts, Assam. The study estimated that arsenic concentration in water samples of the study area found higher by (0.26±0.04mg/L) than the permissible limit as prescribed by WHO. Total 10th morphologically completely different arsenic resistant bacteria isolated from water samples bacterial cultures were observed by performing staining at various time intervals. The slide was placed in the foldscope interfaced with a mobile phone. After staining the cells were observed under foldscope and recorded the images.

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