Molds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. Some molds cause or food spoilage; others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.
Like in most gardens, we have lots of grass!
Myrrh is a very aromatic plant, we can see the little drops of oil on the leaf surface.
Melissa is a leaf that we use a lot to make tea, it is very fragrant, and has calming and digestive properties.
Quebra-pedra (stone-breaker) tea is used by people that have kidney stones. We don’t know yet why it is effective.
Arruda (Ruta) is a very popular plant in Brazil, with a very strong scent, used by lots of people as a protection against “bad spirits” and jealousy. We think it is gorgeous!
Hortelã (Mint) is present in many home gardens, besides being great in tea and drinks.
Boldo is the coolest of all, with all the trichomes! It is used as a tonic for the liver, and despite its very bitter taste, is a very popular medicinal plant.
One of the simplest ways to extract molecules from plants is the infusion, adding hot water to the leaves and waiting a bit…
Some molecules are extracted in alcohol, others in oils.
Hi Telluride Mountain School! Welcome to MicroGlobalScope. Can you find 5 different plants, flowers, insects, bugs, or materials that are unique or iconic to your area and take a photo of each one with your MiScope? Can’t wait to see what you find!
Hi New Life Academy! Welcome to MicroGlobalScope. Can you find 5 different plants, flowers, insects, bugs, or materials that are unique or iconic to your area and take a photo of each one with your MiScope? Can’t wait to see what you find!
One of the most common ferns - Dryopteris filix-mas occurring throughout much of Europe, Asia and North America. This one is from a forest near Warsaw. On the abaxial surface of the mature blade you can find sori in two rows. When the spores ripen the indusium start to shrivel, leading to the release of the spores - a reproductive structures.
Schools in Sydney are on vacation until the end of January. I went to the beach where it was very weedy today. I thought I would look at what the seaweed looked like under the miscope. It is fascinating how a tiny piece of seaweed looks so different up close. I can see why marine biology is so popular.
This picture is showing the flower at approximately 60x magnification.
The other animals laughed at Horton the elephant when he heard creatures on a tiny flower. Yet these little wattle blossoms are only 3-5mm in diameter and they are crawling with bugs. Wattle is Australia’s national flower and where it gets its green and gold sporting colours from.
Looking at the fall leaves with the Miscope. This is an Ornamental Pear at about 50 x.
With both of these flowers, it looks like they have no petals or if they do they are funny looking. But when you look under the microscope. You get a different picture.