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Methylene Blue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jan 31. 4 Replies

Hi there, I was wondering if any of you could tell me the method to dye oat flake with methylene blue.Is there a specific method so the blue won't spread on the agar?I tried to rinse it with water…Continue

Nutrient Agar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ophélie Queffurus Oct 20, 2016. 2 Replies

I was wondering if you guys use nutrient agar instead of oat? I was thinking about to get some from amazon as it's cheaper than from the regular biological suppliers.I also tried months ago to make a…Continue

Growth issues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ophélie Queffurus Jul 10, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi there, I ordered a Physarum plate at Carolina last week but it didn't go well...The growth was little and the oats flakes started to rot so I transferred it into a clean petri dishes but it died…Continue

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Excess of growth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Barnett Oct 19, 2014. 1 Reply

Explanation is in the title...What do you guys do with your excess of Physarum? I have some spare Physarum (since it grow pretty fast) and don't know what to do with it!Continue

 

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ian replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
"Basically the alcohol dries faster and I make up a few tbsp at a time of various dyed oats for use latter in public sessions - stops the oats going off and dry oats are more pleasant to hand out"
Jan 31
Parker Lovein replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
Jan 31
Ophélie Queffurus replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
"Thanks for the tips Ian! I'll try to put a small piece of acetate underneath. I directly poured methylene blue on my oats though...what's the point to dissolve it with alcohol?"
Jan 30
ian replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
"Hi,  you basically can't stop some degree of spread.  I make up batches of dyed oats by dissolving the stuff in alcohol,  soaking the oats in it and drying them.  If you really need to avoid any diffusion,  stick the…"
Jan 30
Ophélie Queffurus posted a discussion

Methylene Blue

Hi there, I was wondering if any of you could tell me the method to dye oat flake with methylene blue.Is there a specific method so the blue won't spread on the agar?I tried to rinse it with water until it becomes clear but it's like I could pour water on it all day! The best I came up with is a pale blue water and my oat seems fine. Any suggestion?Thanks!OphelieSee More
Jan 27
Ophélie Queffurus replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Nutrient Agar
"Thanks for the tips Heather! I didn't realize nutrient agar could encourage unwanted organisms to grow as well but that make sense!"
Oct 20, 2016
Heather Barnett replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Nutrient Agar
"There is always a trade off between providing a nutrient rich substrate for the slime mould to grow on and contamination issues. I am not a microbiology expert - if anyone else is please chip in - but I suspect that with laboratory grade nutrient…"
Oct 19, 2016
Ophélie Queffurus posted a discussion

Nutrient Agar

I was wondering if you guys use nutrient agar instead of oat? I was thinking about to get some from amazon as it's cheaper than from the regular biological suppliers.I also tried months ago to make a corn stach agar but the Physarum didn't like it that much, but maybe I wasn't lucky...Also, if I use nutrient agar I need to clean up the Petri dish less often, right? Oats flakes rots quickly and that the main reason I need to change Petri dish.Thanks!See More
Oct 18, 2016
Ophélie Queffurus replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Growth issues
"Thank's for the link! :)"
Jul 10, 2016
Stone Mcdowell replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Growth issues
Jul 10, 2016
Stone Mcdowell replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Growth issues
"Unfortunately they seem to be one of the only online source that isn't prohibitively costly but I'm sure you could find someone here willing to help (I myself do not have any slime mold samples at all but I would like to learn about them)"
Jul 10, 2016
Ophélie Queffurus posted a discussion

Growth issues

Hi there, I ordered a Physarum plate at Carolina last week but it didn't go well...The growth was little and the oats flakes started to rot so I transferred it into a clean petri dishes but it died anyway  :(The one I ordered 2 years ago went so much better compared to this one, I don't if it's me or I just got unlucky with the colony I gotI also tried to rehydrate a spare sclerotium I had (the last one) but didn't work neither...Does anybody knows where I could buy Physarum in Canada and get…See More
Jul 4, 2016
Ophélie Queffurus updated their profile
Nov 25, 2015
Ophélie Queffurus is attending Heather Barnett's event

Collective Experiment "Nodes & Networks: The city as Superorganism" at School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Building

December 6, 2015 from 11am to 7pm
for updates please follow on https://www.facebook.com/NodesAndNetworks/Nodes and Networks is a series of collective art and science experiments exploring biological systems as a model and metaphor for social intervention. Taking inspiration from slime mold navigation, bacterial communication, and insect cooperation, a group of artists, designers, and scientists are collaborating on a series of public experiments and…See More
Nov 25, 2015
Ophélie Queffurus replied to jnnstl's discussion Exhibiting slime mold
"I had the same question as you Jnnstl and thought about a kind of sensor so each time someone is approaching the petri dish, a light would turn on but if a low light works fine I'm definitely considering this option! "
Nov 3, 2015
Ophélie Queffurus commented on NAN YANG's photo
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slime mold grow simulation

"I did some research and it appears that comp cell 3D is a simulator but it won't give you the same results as this picture... I'm still looking for the software to get that kind of image it's so beautiful!"
Nov 3, 2015

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Ophélie
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I'm a Ph.D art student working with slime moulds as an artistic medium.
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UQÀM (Canada)/University of rennes II (France)
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Nutrient agar

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 22:08 5 Comments

Hi there!

Anybody know where I could find some nutrient agar in canada? I would like to make some tests to set up an artistic installation...

Thanks!

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At 22:16 on October 11, 2014, Chantal deFelice said…

Hi again Ophélie! 

I am so delighted about your reply! And thank you so much for the compliment about my micrography, much appreciated! 

I haven't bought my kit yet, I was going to start with the one from Carolina...Looks like you might have some other varieties to share as well?

I am definitely interested in collaborating and learning more from/being inspired by each other, so glad to meet you and I know we'll be in touch!! :)

At 23:08 on October 2, 2014, Chantal deFelice said…

Hi Ophélie! 

I just joined the collective today, and have yet to actually work with slime moulds but as an artist working with microscopic subjects, I am very interested in getting to know them! 

I looked at your website, and although I do not understand most of the text, your images are wonderful and inspiring! I am also always looking for artists/scientists to collaborate with, so thought I would say hello :)

You can see some of my work here:

http://chantaldefelice.com/#/huntingwiththemicroscope/

Nice to meet you! 

-chantal

At 19:47 on September 30, 2013, Heather Barnett said…

welcome to slimoco, the slime mould collective. Here you can find information, discussions, images and results of experiments. Feel free to share as you get more involved with the wonderful world of slime moulds! :)

 
 
 

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