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Kenneth Ramos commented on Stan Paxton's photo
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BlueMtnStone - (85)-HDRaRed

"Most anything from the Permian fascinates me because so little survived from it towards the end.  These could easily be mistaken for slime mold plasmodia I suppose but more along the line of an alga of sorts or maybe a fern of some kind. …"
Jun 22
Kenneth Ramos left a comment for Cire Sniknej
"Microsoft PowerPoint - IsoHandbook.2 (uark.edu) Culturing slime molds from the environment. Hope this helps you get started."
Jun 20
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IMG_101@45X P. roseum plasmodium

Though amoeboid movement in Physarum is not unusual or uncommon, it is quite self evident, I was delighted to see it in progress other than the usual cytoplasmic streaming we see in the veinous cytoplasm normally. While intently observing P. roseum…
Jun 19
Kenneth Ramos commented on Stan Paxton's photo
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"Personally I don't know of any slime mold fruit bodies showing up in the fossil record other than in amber maybe, along with  spore or two.  You present some very good questions though, ones that I wish I could knowledgeably discuss…"
Jun 14
Kenneth Ramos commented on AndyGadget's blog post Can Physarum polycephalum detect a magnetic field?
"Try using a dry cell and two electrodes one (+) the other (-) of course and place them at opposite sides of the petri dish.  Attach the battery or dry cell and observe what happens.  A single AA battery should suffice, if not try a D…"
Jun 8
Kenneth Ramos replied to Maxwell's discussion Need some help on growing plasmodia and eliminating contamination
"I too have problems with fungal hyphae.  It seems no sooner than I begin a new moist chamber the mold seems to be waiting.  The bumps or tracks that you see on the agar are just that, plasmodia for the most part do leave what I have often…"
May 27
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IMG_0099 P. roseum

P. roseum, circle the wagons, it's chow time. Oatflake in moist chamber, petri dish.
May 16
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IMG_0094 Physarum roseum

"Most  of the Physarum I have obtained through moist chamber cultures have all been yellow in color, however, I read where the color can sometimes be due to the pH of the substrate on which the plasmodium resides.  Again, however,…"
May 14
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IMG_0094 Physarum roseum

Physarum roseum, obtained from Flowering dogwood tree bark in moist chamber culture.
May 14
Kenneth Ramos replied to Bill Rueger's discussion Effect of light on slime mold
"Why are they adverse to light?   Good question, I am not sure of that myself but reading your post had me looking at positive and negative phototaxis and how it plays out in prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.  I did not quite find…"
May 13
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0049 Meiji EMZ-8TRH @ 45X Fruit body, Kenneth D. Ramos 5_28_20

The genus may be Badhamia sp. but I cannot be sure. Doing a little research, the plasmodium of both Badhamia and Physarum polycephalum can look pretty much the same. So, to an untrained eye, such as mine, they may be easily confused. Anyway this…
May 29, 2020
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May 27, 2020
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0048 Zeiss Axiostar @ 100X Myxomycete less than 1 mm , Kenneth D. Ramos 2020

I oftentimes use my Axiostar much like a CMO dissecting microscope, the scale bar was made by photographing a plastic ruler at 100x, so I cannot attest to its accuracy, however a microscope stage micrometer is in my future. Corticolous myxomycetes…
May 19, 2020

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Citizen scientist, amateur naturalist and researcher who studies Eumycetozoans among others. Currently my studies are of corticolous myxomycetes, fungi and other tree bark-dwelling organisms. Other interests include Paleontology, Geology, Mass extinctions, Evolution and environmental science

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