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Slime TV!

Started this discussion. Last reply by RyChu on Saturday. 1 Reply

The broadcast finally went out, it's taken me a while to put up a copy but -…Continue

Cosmopolitan species - who spread them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kenneth Ramos Apr 25. 3 Replies

I've just realised I'm really lax at coming on the forum at the moment - I usually do my social stuff on commute so I'm massively out of sync.Looking at Sarah Lloyd's amazing photos ( …Continue

Rotifers!

Started this discussion. Last reply by RyChu Mar 22. 1 Reply

RotifersIt's not a slime mould but since I'm confined to the house I've spent my time upgrading my microscopes with skip…Continue

Slimelab 2020! welcome to big data

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Feb 26. 7 Replies

Hey slime fans,I haven't posted up much recently but I've been busy with all things plasmodial. My dept has said they'll support me publishing what was initially a hobby; so suddenly I have work to…Continue

 

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Slime TV!

The broadcast finally went out, it's taken me a while to put up a copy but -https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bo2aKoctq5ct0TiYKZxutper0nAU8rH6No one has stopped me in the street for an autograph yet but several microscope engineers asked for slime,,See More
Friday
ian replied to Heather Barnett's discussion slimoco online meet up
"I'm a social phobic sod that disabled all the cameras on their devices ( yes really  ) but I'm in - I can't put tippex on my work laptop cam :) 30th's good earlier would be good too."
May 12
Katharina Cromme replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Ian, dear Ian hardly to imagine something more generous than sending precious slime mould to one another. Nothing is for free, really! But it is all about taking and receiving.  Therefore, I humbly ask for some slimy moldy attention - with…"
May 12
Shlurek replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"hi dear ian,we want to experiment with the blob. watch how he eats the flake. give him mushrooms so that he eats them. otherwise i can't think of anything else. no, wait: we want to cut him into several pieces, take them to the kindergarten and…"
May 9
Peter replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Back in history The motile grex caught my eye Now it’s time to see.   Are they Physarum Or Dictyostelium? Both fascinating.   Interpretive dance Best left to the clever moulds Would love a sample."
May 9
Kenneth Ramos replied to ian's discussion Cosmopolitan species - who spread them?
"I would venture a guess that human activity, insects, wind, and wildlife all play a role in the dispersal of slime molds.  As for displacement of other organisms, I really haven't given much thought too but it could be possible I…"
Apr 25
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Cosmopolitan species - who spread them?

I've just realised I'm really lax at coming on the forum at the moment - I usually do my social stuff on commute so I'm massively out of sync.Looking at Sarah Lloyd's amazing photos ( https://sarahlloydmyxos.wordpress.com/ ) I see some familiar species names - I have Arcyria denudata and Badhamia utricularis from my own garden ( and now in cultivation ) yet we're literally the opposite sides of the planet. If these were plants or animals that…See More
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Macbrideola on Trichia sp.

"Wow, is that parasitism or just cheeky use of a convenient place to settle?"
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Metatrichia floriformis

"That's a stunning image"
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ian replied to Cire Sniknej's discussion How do you grow a P. Polycephalum from spores?
"Bakers yeast is too big for them to ingest. This is what I came up with, it's worked on three species so far with very little effort on my part using oats to feed wild bacteria to feed…"
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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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