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Jan-Maarten Luursema
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  • Utrecht
  • Netherlands

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Interest in slime moulds
I think slime molds are awesome, for all the obvious reasons. I am doing projects with a sample of Physarum Polycephalum (notions of individuality do not seem to apply to these organisms, and I prefer to think of it as a single worldwide organism). I love to learn and share.
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Radboud UMC
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On enclosures

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 21:00 2 Comments

When I started to work with P. Polycephalum I build an elevated, acrylate enclosure that allowed me to slip pieces of paper underneath to help me create designs of oatmeal, along the lines of the famous Tokyo subway experiment. It looked like this:…


Substrate experiment

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 11:00 2 Comments

To curb Physarum Polycephalum's (for convenience known as Andi in our household) tendency to wander, I have used a 'moat', a ring of high-salt agar around its standard agar living area. This works fine, only is somewhat labor intensive to maintain and also harms Andi, who keeps burning itself trying to go where no slime mold went before.

I experimented with four alternative substrates to replace the salty agar: 1. felt, thinking this would interfere with its creeping motion; 2.…


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