Mold

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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.

plants in the garden – plantas do jardim

Did you know that many of the medicines we have today are based on molecules extracted from plants? There are many plants in our garden, here is a close look at some of them. Plants use some tricks to deal with predators, such as thorns and essential oils. These oils have many molecules that can be used in medicines and cosmetics. When we look closer, many plants have what look like hairs on them! They are called trichomes.


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.

 

Welcome Telluride

Celery 40x - via Wellston Intermediate and Middle School Wellston, Ohio, USA

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!

Welcome Okinawa

Celery 40x - via Wellston Intermediate and Middle School Wellston, Ohio, USA

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!

Fern


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.

 

 

Neighborhood walk

Our class did a neighborhood walk to collect different types of plants or flowers that are unique to the NYC area. It was difficult since most of the area was built by community organizations and businesses in the area. We were able to find some plants that are mostly found in our region.

Seaweed – interesting stuff

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.

Horton really did hear a who!

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.

Strange Flowers

In most parts of Australia, it is very dry, so our plants are different to plants in other parts of the world. The leaves are usually spiky and small and the flowers have very small petals and look hairy.

This is what a bottlebrush flower looks like. It is approximately 10cm long.

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.