"I use this trick - put an additional couple of smaller pieces of paper under your culture when you're drying down - the slime will collect over them as it's damper than the surrounding area so you'll get a thicker layer when it dried"
"They do vary in colour - It could be light exposure or response to something in the tree bark.
If your slime is exposed to light that might make it bunch up and start to clump - it's a preparation for spore forming and it's basically…"
"The second finding was that I put the slime mold in a wet box for 3 days, then it turned into a sclerotoid-like thing, tough, yellow, but unable to recover.but the real sclerotium is fragile
Do you know what the reason is?"
"What's the climate like where this species is found? When is it mostly likely to have a few weeks of dry weather? If you can mimic that you might have chance. We don't know if they can all form sclerotia so it might not be possible.…"
Most of what we know is based on physarum.It might be that your species doesn't deal well with the same food all the time - it happens with fungi in culture- so you might need to alternate foods.
For sclerotia - a lower temperature might…"
"They don't like being near their own slime trails, if too much builds up they'll crawl away from it. Once a week either a piece of the slime and put it onto fresh paper or agar with new food or take all of the bedding, fold it in half and…"