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Tales from the slimery - culture refreshing and sclerotia making

Started Oct 7 0 Replies

I've been spending this week sorting through physarum strains, checking viability and making fresh cultures for storing - dried slime usually lasts a couple of years so an annual restock hopefully…Continue

Full metal physaum

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Oct 7. 4 Replies

From time to time I do a spot of pewter casting, it’s something I got into when I was a kid and dust off now and then. I knew I was going to have a couple of days hanging around the house this week…Continue

Does anyone have any non physarum slimes?

Started Sep 20 0 Replies

Aside from physarum - same reason as the moist chamber question, I could seriously use a non physarum, pref UK native ( but I'm not gonna be picky ) culture. I have badhamia and fuligo spores but…Continue

Moist chamber success rate?

Started Sep 20 0 Replies

I know some of the collective have tried moist chamber for finding wild slimes, can anyone tell me roughly what sort of success rate they have?Yeh I know that's a piece of string the question but…Continue

 

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Sean left a comment for ian
"Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m excited to get working with some slime mould. Just spent the day hunting/photographing some in Epping forest but pretty sure I got 95% mushrooms. Any chance I could send you some pictures of what I…"
Thursday
ian left a comment for Sean
"Welcome to the collective! I love the solar furnace btw"
Thursday
Evan Brown replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Lions mane and pearl oyster right now, just starting out though so we'll see how it goes.  Any tips for a noob? I've heard that physarum tastes like dirty moss, didn't know there were edible slime molds though, I'll…"
Tuesday
ian replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hey there, I used to dabble in mushroom growing - used to have king oysters and lions mane on the go and a garden path bordered with Panellus stipticus ( I wish they were edible! ). What have you go growing? You know some slime moulds are eaten by…"
Tuesday
Luna Maldonado Fontes replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"haha I think there is always time for some coding (no matter how annoying it can be sometimes to debug). How do you mean to train a GAN on it? So that it behaves like the slime mould? That would indeed be fascinating, I wonder…"
Tuesday
Evan Brown replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello Ian, my girlfriend and I are currently trying to start a gourmet mushroom business, and while doing research I came across something called slime molds. From there I fell down the rabbit hole, I've been watching videos, reading articles,…"
Tuesday
ian replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Maybe one day I'll dust off enough coding brain cells (I used to be good thirty years ago) to understand that stuff. One of the talks I do for school groups is on the biological roots of AI, I do wonder what we'd get if we trained a Gan on…"
Tuesday
Luna Maldonado Fontes replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian! I will start off doing something like this paper:  https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-26662-6_27     and then see how I can improve it ;) Usually people use Simulink to make models…"
Oct 7
ian replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"How do you even start modelling an organism such as physarum? I speak a little matlab but I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to approach a problem like that."
Oct 7
Luna Maldonado Fontes replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian! I just joined the collective today and saw your post. I will be working with slime mould for my bachelor thesis starting in November and it would be great if I could get some from you!  I will be working on creating a computer…"
Oct 7
ian replied to ian's discussion Full metal physaum
"I'm pleased with this one :)"
Oct 7
Benny Fulmer liked ian's discussion Tales from the slimery - culture refreshing and sclerotia making
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Tales from the slimery - culture refreshing and sclerotia making

I've been spending this week sorting through physarum strains, checking viability and making fresh cultures for storing - dried slime usually lasts a couple of years so an annual restock hopefully keeps everything lively and ready for action at the drop of an oatflake. I'm hobbling around at the moment so everything's piled up by the door - it's normally very tidy, honest, my study doesn't look like this all the time, no really.... Well, what do you expect when I tend my slimes at 5am and 11pm…See More
Oct 7
ian replied to ian's discussion Full metal physaum
"They actually survive embedding in plaster - I've had them ooze out of moulds before and go for a wander, of course if you bake them at 200 c for and hour the situation changes..... "
Oct 5
Benny Fulmer liked ian's discussion Full metal physaum
Oct 4
Benny Fulmer replied to ian's discussion Full metal physaum
"i hope it's not too hyperempathetic of me to hope you perfect it soon, for the sake of all the poor slimes you keep frying..."
Oct 4

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I'm a professional microscopist and amateur time lapse filmer. I'm looking forward to combining both disciplines with these fascinating organisms
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warwick
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At 15:36 on October 10, 2019, Sean said…
Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m excited to get working with some slime mould. Just spent the day hunting/photographing some in Epping forest but pretty sure I got 95% mushrooms. Any chance I could send you some pictures of what I think are slime mould spore capsules for your opinion?
At 21:03 on January 16, 2018, Kendra Fanconi said…

Oh that would be amazing. I was looking at ordering it from the US. Is there any issue with getting it through customs? 

At 16:05 on October 27, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
We received the Physarum today, thanks a lot!
At 12:19 on October 14, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
Hi Ian, thank you for wanting to send the Physarum, I was just wondering if you could tell me when they will arrive, it'll help a lot with our planning :)
At 10:37 on February 10, 2015, enrico viola said…
I received my samples today: thanks a lot!
At 8:10 on February 3, 2015, enrico viola said…

Sent you a pm with my address; thanks again!

Ian's Blog

Raising from Spores - Zero Tech Method

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

I've been looking for a way to rear physarum from spores without resorting to bacterial lawns and needing autoclaves etc.

I've only done a couple of trials but this method seems to work ok, it does require a bit of patience.

I used petri dishes and filter paper but any container and a bit of tissue should work.

The idea is to let the food go off producing bacteria for the amoebal phase to feed off then slowly dry them out so they get persuaded to form…

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Big bang, big disappointment :)

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 17:04 0 Comments

Four weeks of crazy work,  turning the spare room into a culture lab and time lapse studio I made enough culture for two thousand people and I should be there with my friends and colleagues on the stand inspiring the next generation of scientists,  slime fans and eccentrics.  

Unfortunately I'm stuck on a hospital ward with fifty stitches in my neck waiting until I'm allowed home. So it goes I suppose but damn I was looking forward to the Big Bang Fair,  I couldn't even bring a slime…

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Plotting and planning....

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:31 0 Comments

Getting involved with several schools in my area running STEM club activities - I'm trying to design a six week course on our dear sticky friend that'll be adaptable to ages 12-17. Looks like it'll be fun ( and a lot of work ). My own cultures have been dormant for a while aside from raising the odd batch but I should start playing again soon. 

Raising slime again..

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:17 0 Comments

Blimey it's been a while, we've got the finals lab projects for the students at work on at the moment so I'm not getting time to play. I've got a session with 95 school kids booked in in June so I'm raising as much slime as I can cope with in preparation for that. 

I'm planning on getting them to make Plasticine mazes in petri dishes for their cultures so they've something to take home.

I've also got these intriguing mycena cholorophos spores ( a glowing mushroom ),…

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