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Physarum Has Simple Memory

Started Jan 26, 2013 0 Replies

I found this article about how slime molds have developed an external chemical memory to help them avoid areas they have already explored.  When they come across an old slime trail they detect a…Continue

Methods and Tips for Storing Sclerotium

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Barnett Sep 14, 2011. 2 Replies

I am down to 4 sclerotias of P polycephalum that I got from Carolina Biological and was wondering what is the best method for storing them and keeping them viable.  I am currently keeping mine in the…Continue


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I first found out about slime molds when I was culturing termites to feed to my ants. I discovered in the termite terrarium a yellow growth that reminded me of the veins in a leaf. I did some research and found out it was a plasmodial slime mold similar to physarum but was actually badhamia utricularis. My microbiology professor at the time wanted me to put together a presentation for the class on slime molds for extra credit. Since then (2008) I have been gathering information on them and trying to grow them from the wild (gather fallen sticks and put them into a humid terrarium to see what develops).

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At 15:34 on August 8, 2011, Heather Barnett said…

Ok, I'll try it with some cardboard and see if it take the bait!

And yes slimoco is free to join, a portal for all interested in slime moulds...

The Physarum roseum is exquisite, like blood vessels. Would love to grow some!

At 9:36 on August 8, 2011, Heather Barnett said…
Hi Steven, Welcome to slimoco! I'm trying to get some Badhamia utricularis going from sclerota state at the moment, without much luck. They don't seem to like oats in the same way as Physarum. Would be interesting to see/know more about your experiments and observations. Am also interested in the relationships between swarming and agent based behaviours in different organisms. Feel free to share/discuss here... Heather

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