An international network of/for intelligent organisms
So you want slime?
I can give you slime. I'll post physarum to anyone anywhere free of charge.
"Free?" you say, surely that's too good to be true?
Indeed it is, I said free of charge, not actually free. This is the slime mould collective, lone oat flakes do not get visited by physarum fairy. You must prove your worth if you want to join and engage with the network. Assimilation doesn't hurt, we promise and you might like it.
Tell us why you want the slime, what are your hopes and fears for slimekind? Where do you you see your slime in five years time?
A paragraph, a short story, maybe a few lines of verse, how about an expressive dance? We don't mind we just want you to communicate.
In return we will let you have your very own slime sent discreetly in a plain envelope - your friends and family need never know!
HI there, you ask some great questions - I've moved it over to it's own thread
I saw this post and immediately made an account. I was so excited when I found this site that I spent several hours reading through posts!
I am currently in a medical sciences/ laboratory research program and I have become immensely fascinated by slime molds in the past few weeks both as a matter of personal interest, and as a source of medical innovation; after many years of casual fascination in these strange life forms. I also find them an inspiration for unique art. As such, I hope to conduct a wide array of experiments upon as many species of slime molds as I can get, and I'll happily share all the information I obtain with any who are interested!!!
It is my hope that through the use of slime mold and by studying their ability to form plasmodia, and pseudo plasmodia, that we may innovate techniques of large-scale tissue regeneration. As well as possible applications in nanotechnology.
First things first, I will need some slime molds upon which to experiment. Due to the variance in behavior between species, I wish to be able to experiment upon as many species and varieties as possible. I understand that this is asking a lot, but if you would see fit to send me samples of as many species as you can, I will do my utmost to make sure that they are well cared for, that they contribute to valuable research, and that you are credited properly if and when I publish my research. At the least, I would need a sample of Myxogastria (plasmodial), Dictyostellida (cellular), and Protostelloids (amoeboid) slime molds in order to study the processes that I need to. If you or any others here have access to these, I would be eternally grateful if you would share! Due to the demanding nature of this request, I would be willing to pay a bit in order to expand the number of species I can obtain, but I am working with very limited funds.
I currently have access to a rather extensively equipped microbiological lab, and as such, I can assure that all samples (our slime mold companions) will be properly cared for and contained. Additionally, I would be able and willing to pass these samples along to others, and I have the equipment to culture axenic samples, and store them long-term.
So, if anyone sees this, and you have a unique species of slime mold to share, I will make the best use of it that I can if you would be willing to share!!
Tell us about the art!
Hi, I'm a teacher on a tight budget and love to let my 8th graders grow their own cultures and try some experiments. I'd love to get a culture from you, as I don't have any viable ones left. I'm also happy to pay for postage should you like. So I guess I need to something special to be worthy, eh? OK, I'll try a poem:
ODE TO A POLYCEPHALUM
How I love thee, polycephalum: you run mazes, you sure aren't dumb.
So big, but only one cell. How do you do it? What the hell?
My students take good notes: They know you're fond of rolled oats.
Is this poem good enough to get some slime? Even better when it doesn't cost a dime.
Let me know if your offer still stands! Thanx :-)
Hello from Brazil!
I'm a photographer and video producer and I've been interested in fungi (which I know Physarum is not) for some years. As a great fan of cooking with mushrooms first I tried with edible ones, then moved on to more exotic ones lilke the bioluminiscent Panellus stipticus and the elusive Mycena clorophos. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to make any photographic experience with them for several reasons. I have also tried to grow lichens with very little success.
Some time ago, I've stumbled upon a YouTube video talking about the Physarum polycephalum and I was simply amazed with it and its odd properties and behaviour. Researching a bit about it, I've came accross this website and thought that it would be a dope idea to grow my own culture and make some photographic experiences with it, particularly with time lapse photography.
So, here I am, trying to discover how to get my own sample of this amazing lifeform!