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Into the fourth dimension! Physarum time plots

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jan 7. 3 Replies

Had some fun looking at ways to compare growth habits of different strains. I've been time lapsing them every minute on plain agar with no food to get a good idea of shape. Loading the movie into…Continue

First results! - Breeding

Started Dec 13, 2019 0 Replies

Took the day off work, spent the morning on a Dresden Dolls and slime checking binge.When I set up the spore plates, as well as finding the easiest way to get from spores to plasmodia without lab…Continue

Incubator design

Started Nov 28, 2019 0 Replies

Using an aquarium heater (100w) in a 50l plastic tub was a disaster - condensation, puddles of water, stinks and doesn't heat the box.The mk 2 - reptile heating pad ( 50w) sandwiched between a slab…Continue

How to raise plasmodia from spores

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Dec 13, 2019. 10 Replies

The results are coming in from my first trials and it looks like all the other methods aren't necessary.This has a 70% hit rate, faster development would be nice but this works.Some repetition here…Continue

 

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ian replied to tiffany aileen's discussion Growing Slime Mould
"Hi On the light front - they don't like it, they especially don't like light down the blue end but they can't see yellow. I vaguely remember reading that they can be taught to respond differently to red & blue but since it…"
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"Hi there and welcome!  I'm a career scientist - microscopy but I've dabbled in metal casting and silverwork since I was a kid and love doing a bit of lapidary. Physarum isn't something I officially research- I got it in for …"
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"Hi, I’m Michael, an art student at the University of applied Arts, Vienna, and i am also finishing a masters degree at the University of applied Science, St. Pölten. The aim of my thesis is to get the growing pattern and look of the…"
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KAIA KIIK replied to ian's discussion Into the fourth dimension! Physarum time plots
"Hi Ian! i'm an artist from Paris and your funwork is very inspiring for me as I'm also doing sculptures with and by Physarum. Are you artist?  Sorry if it's already written somewhere - I'm new here.  Happy New Year…"
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Into the fourth dimension! Physarum time plots

Had some fun looking at ways to compare growth habits of different strains. I've been time lapsing them every minute on plain agar with no food to get a good idea of shape. Loading the movie into imagej I tried plotting it in 3d - basically just stacking up all the images in sequence. Put on a printer I go these strange tree like objects - ignore the red stuff - it's casting sand, it didn't work and it's hard to clean out.This is 1:1 scale in x & y and ten minutes per mm in z growth starts…See More
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ian replied to Brent's discussion Keeping slime molds?
"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…"
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"I bet the crickets would try eating it, there are a few beetle species that will snack on them. It'd form spores with the terrarium lights on unless you had a light proof version ;)"
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hardboiledparrot
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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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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!

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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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