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Caca de luna!

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Aug 17. 2 Replies

There's a lot of this around my way at the moment - a few weeks of very wet followed by a heat wave has got them moving. They crop up usually on alder or pines near water. I've never spotted a…Continue

Hello new members and old esp SYSK listeners Slimefest anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 11. 2 Replies

Hello and a special welcome to the Stuff You Should Know fansfor people who haven't heard it, they did a great podcast on slimes - …Continue

Let it glow!

Started this discussion. Last reply by slimebob Mar 11. 1 Reply

So this failed in a neat way - feeding physarum on 1% fluorescein. Turns our slimes own pigments are such strong uv absorbers that the dye doesn't get a look in. But, where the slime's started to…Continue

Time lapse with Maths output!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradley Lauterbach Feb 26. 2 Replies't know why the 'add video' isn't working but here's a link. This Physarum rigidum meeting…Continue

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Latest Activity

ian commented on Mimi Osborne's blog post Unidentified other mold
"It looks like cladosporium - it's common and will grow on pretty much anything. They're mostly harmless. Physarum is very tolerant of fungi and will just grow around them but if you've got mould you'll probably also have yeasts…"
ian commented on AndyGadget's blog post Maizie V Larry
"My money's on the slime, they're quite partial to lichen"
Nov 23
ian replied to superuser's discussion New to slime moulds -- How many times can I grow a dish out and inoculate other dish with part of the original mould? Endlessly?
"The egg is made up in agar in the literature, I've also mixed it in with oats.  I can send you slime...."
Nov 23
ian liked Núria Rovira Terradas's blog post Slime Mould commission
Nov 23
Marta replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi, I'm a scientist from Italy! I'm actually new to slime moulds, that have been suggested by a bioinformatics friend of mine when I asked for suggestions about an educational program. With some collegues, we are planning to organize…"
Nov 19
ian replied to superuser's discussion New to slime moulds -- How many times can I grow a dish out and inoculate other dish with part of the original mould? Endlessly?
"Hi  Yeah - in principle you should be able to keep one going indefinitely. The Dusstour lab do theirs by half filling a petri dish with a semicircle of oats, adding slime to that then filling the other side and scooping out the old.  In…"
Nov 17
ian commented on AndyGadget's blog post Can Physarum polycephalum detect a magnetic field?
"There's a paper that claims they can just sense it natively, I don't buy it either - I've also tried, they don't even react to hard drive magnets directly under the dish.  Some organisms do sense magnetic fields though - my…"
Nov 15
Simon Verheyen replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi all, in the last year I've started growing mosses at home. I tried some lychen as well, but those guys don't like being indoor so much. :s recently I've been learrning more about the awesomeness that is slime moulds and would be…"
Nov 12
ian liked AndyGadget's blog post Maizie's Travels.
Nov 11
Matthew replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"There is a nature sanctuary nearby that just posted on Facebook that there is slime mould growing along the trunk of a tree along a path close to the house. My kids and I are excited to go and find this organism this weekend. We have recently…"
Oct 27
ian liked AndyGadget's blog post Maizie, Day 4.
Oct 27
Malu replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Dear All,  Im right now in Georgia Tiblisi. Travelling by bike. In the next months i will experiment with mycelium as a building material. I m experimenting at home (in a Flat). Generally im really interested about microorganism,…"
Oct 24
ian replied to Jasmine Lu's discussion tips for grain mite contamination?
"Hi I've never come across them. Drying out every thing is a good start. They're probably getting in on the oats so you could try feeding cooked oats - either dry toasted or pressure cooked dry in jar, that should stop more mites coming in.…"
Oct 24
Jasmine Lu liked ian's discussion Slimes, safety and world distribution.
Oct 22
ian replied to AndyGadget's discussion JPG to Video Software.
"If you want something more capable, Hitfilm express does a very nice job and so does Shotcut, I switched to shotcut because I can also use it on Linux, both enable you to pan and zoom around the shot a bit "
Oct 20
ian replied to AndyGadget's discussion SPAM Message
"Grrrr. Their application said they wanted to grow slimes, who'd have thought a scammer would lie about such things? Makes me want to come up with a slime related scam now.....( strictly for fun)"
Oct 15

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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…


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…


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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