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Slime culture posting - What to expect

Started Oct 17 0 Replies

Hi Folks, I'm not great at going online regularly but I do keep an eye out for requests. I'm managing to post out cultures every 2 weeks, if I'm low on stock it might take me three weeks to raise…Continue

Slime back in production!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Couvrette Jul 18. 2 Replies

I've slimes available to post again - fresh off the drying rack and itching to explore the world.At the moment just Daywalker but I'll rear some of the others soon. Continue

Slime deliver update

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 7. 2 Replies

A delivery update - I owe a lot of people slime, I'm working on it but I've spent the last 2 weeks moving the slimery out of the study to make space for someone from Ukraine. Normal service will…Continue

Setting up a show stand

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Feb 10. 2 Replies

I'm jumping into the Slice of Science festival at Warwick Univ. on 13th March - alarmingly short notice!I have to come up with a stand in a hurry. Luckily I've done this before. The hard bit will be…Continue


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ian replied to Antony nevin's discussion James Pollard Scam
"Removed - there have been a few recently, looks like they're using a neural net to skim sites and come up with convincing intros. I'll up the security to blood sample required for membership "
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ian replied to Matthew's discussion Slime Mold Maze (High School Experiment)
"Hi I'd start the maze off with an already growing culture - sclerotia take a day to wake up and won't be able to move far until they're fed. You need to check your slime won't cheat - that they won't crawl under or over…"
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"That's awesome - also very strange!"
Nov 16
Christy King replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I'm a new member. No science background, just a nerd. Accidentally came across the slime mold subreddit and was fascinated, then watched a public TV clip about slime molds in the Pacific Northwest (of the USA). We live on a few acres with…"
Nov 12
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Stemonitis spec. 25102022

"Wonderful! I've yet to see these guys in their plasmodial form but I do like finding these little tufts lurking on a log"
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Arcyria spec 15102022

"I love the way these dudes almost explosively unfurl their sporocarps "
Oct 22
Inga replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian et al. This is my second time writing this as last time it seemed to disappear into the void! I’m a doctoral candidate of fine arts at the University of Auckland. I’m writing about abjection and speculative realism and somehow…"
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Slime culture posting - What to expect

Hi Folks, I'm not great at going online regularly but I do keep an eye out for requests. I'm managing to post out cultures every 2 weeks, if I'm low on stock it might take me three weeks to raise more. I check each batch before I send it out. Packaging - plain brown A5 envelopes, inside is another envelope and a cardboard sleeve ( recycled lens tissue packs - I get through a lot ). Inside that is your slime in a cellophane bag. Your culture will keep like this for many months. Growing tips  -…See More
Oct 17
ian replied to crypticgimmick's discussion Hello! And some beginner questions
"Oh yeah the mags are wildly overstated - but they have been since I was eight and bought my first microscope - up 1000X!!!! - if you don't mind the lack of immersion lenses, and a field of view so small it doesn't cover a whole…"
Oct 17
ian replied to Petra Fleurbaaij's discussion when things go wrong
"It looks like it's sporulated. I don't recognise the species but some of them have very gnarly looking spore bodies"
Oct 17
ian replied to superuser's discussion Not sure how, or if a fluke, but I used a slime to re-start a stalled mushroom jar
"Growing or glowing? ;) My last Pan stip failed. It's a dream of mine to one day take the luminescence pathway out of Panellus and shove it into a slime mould :)"
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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…


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…


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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