An international network of/for intelligent organisms
The learning experiments are all done with clones when two slimes meet, if they're not genetically identical bad things happen to one of them. Sometimes they'll just ignore each other, sometimes they make contact and one suddenly gets horrible necrosis before being consumed by the other, when it looks like they merge that's not what's going on - there's a massive biochemical fight going on inside the merging cells with nucleii and organelles on both sides being enveloped in autophagosomes ( digestive vacuoles) to be destroyed or just shoved out of the cell via open pores - this can take a few days but the winner is genetically determined - kinda Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Rock Scissors Paper only with a lot more mucous.
Got footage of three strains meeting here - at about 55s you can see the wave of necrosis (ooh good band name!) rotting poor J https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj4z-0Lxc-s
My little light proof one basically just can't make spores so light exposure doesn't kill it,
Drop me a pm and I'll get slime in the post for you
For slime mold care notes:
Here is a folder w/ some general info on slime molds: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BYdpvPxnUNgdqqu1ELHTnbWlc0c...
Here are some amazing notes by Ian
I'll be adding some detailed notes into this document within a week I hope with some tips which I learned from experience:
Under the Links tab of slimoco, you can also find a Repository where Ian has uploaded a ton of great papers about slime molds