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Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia

Started this discussion. Last reply by MP Jan 22. 7 Replies

HelloI'm writing this post, because I have a problem as mentioned in the title. Never before had I faced such difficulties and I'm doing things in the same way as earlier: I place a piece of kitchen…Continue

 

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MP replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"FYI I'm having a similar problem as well, for the past month or so, with Mazie + Daywalker.Age: not an issue, I received these from Ian in August! worked fine then~Temp: year-round temps here are 25-30'C.Humidity: it's more humid now,…"
Jan 22
Tymon Zachary replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Update:One Daywalker managed to develop and it seems pretty normal, the second I sprinkled with crushed oats and I think it helped. I'm going to observe them. My other trials proved unsuccessful. I'm going to have a try of this last-chance…"
Dec 4, 2020
ian replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Hi  Your best bet is go for broke - take the whole remaining piece, hydrate it and add some powdered oats straight on top - just a pinch. Keep them at 20c min, when you see growth, feed slowly. It's possible you just got a bad batch of…"
Dec 4, 2020
Tymon Zachary replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Thank you very much, your answer was the thing I hoped for for I know you're an expert according slime moulds (or molds, it confuses me which one is correct). The strains are both Daywalker and Mazie which I recieved from you in the summer. I…"
Dec 3, 2020
ian replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Hi What's the strain and how old are the sclerotia? If they're leaking a load of pigment soon after rehydrating, it's the sclerotia that's the problem - comes with an earthy smell. Cold down to 4c won't kill them - I store…"
Dec 3, 2020
Tymon Zachary replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"It's true that humidity drops when temperature falls down, but the slimes are keeped in the petri dishes so, I guess, it shouldn't affect them. Nevertheless, I'm grateful for your response."
Dec 3, 2020
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Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia

HelloI'm writing this post, because I have a problem as mentioned in the title. Never before had I faced such difficulties and I'm doing things in the same way as earlier: I place a piece of kitchen towel in the petri dish, I put on it a little piece of sclerotium plus an oat flake and I wetten it with tap water. But the slimes don't come alive even in 2 days and they derive foul smell (I don't remember feeling it before and it's hard to describe - something like old water and decay). From…See More
Dec 2, 2020
Tymon Zachary replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"HelloI'm glad to have found this forum, because I'm really interested in slime molds and there are not many books about them and hardly any in Polish. Moreover I haven't found really useful and practical informations about colecting…"
Aug 10, 2020
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I got interested in slime molds after one of my biology classes. I've read a bit and I want to gain more informations than are available in basic books, but not as specific as these in researches. I'm interested in finding ways of growing them at home without all this science equipment and bacteria strains.

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