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Back in production

Started Jun 15, 2023 0 Replies

Hey folks. I drifted away from the web again, but here I am crawling back like a slime mould to an oat flake.The last year hasn’t seen much slime activity from me – we gave our spare room to a…Continue

Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?

Started this discussion. Last reply by RyChu Apr 22, 2023. 12 Replies

A big update, now with more eye candy, growing from spores, science history and 10% more oats than other leading brands. …Continue

Slime culture posting - What to expect

Started Oct 17, 2022 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, 2022. 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


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Susan Dexter replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Ian I am new to slime but am fascinated by their behavior and apparent "intelligence". I am currently reading Neil Theise's "Notes on Complexity: A Scientific Theory of Connection, Consciousness, and Being", which explores…"
Feb 23
Adrian Evans replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi! Just thought to introduce myself and the community in this thread as a way of introduction. My background amongst other things is primarily a horticulturist, landscape designer gardening journalist and columnist, amateur mycologist and lots of…"
Feb 2
Amanda Karch replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian, I discovered your site after listening to an episode of Stuff You Should Know, and became instantly enthralled.  I live in New Hampshire and spend a lot of time outdoors examining all of the fungal species that grow in our area. …"
Nov 25, 2023
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Nov 18, 2023
fred replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hey Ian, I would love to get a slime if you're still sending them out! I've been interested in them for a while and I'd love to have my own pet slime. I'm excited to make some mazes or set up experiments. And just have it around…"
Nov 12, 2023
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Monika Fröhlich replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian, I am a teacher at a Gymnasium in Germany and I already had a slime mould culture some years ago. I got it from a fantastic colleague, a teacher from the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I failed to grow a sklerotium that I could recover after a…"
Oct 24, 2023
Natalie Andrew replied to ian's discussion The slime manifesto
"Hi Ian,  Just thought you'd like to know that I used this magnificent manifesto to introduce some freshmen at Princeton University to the joys of slime. It was a hit!…"
Oct 18, 2023
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Isaac Hoyt replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian!  I'm a huge fan of slime molds and particularly physarum polycephalum. This actually wouldn't be my first physarum, as up until recently I had one of my own named Blobert. I ordered him online from an Etsy seller in France,…"
Oct 1, 2023
Erica replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello!  I have grown slime mold with my students that came from Carolina Biological and they were fascinated!  I tried to keep the strain going afterward but was only able to maintain it for about 2 months before it gave up which is the…"
Sep 28, 2023
Ray replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello Ian. My friend recommended me to you, after getting slime from you in the past 🙂 I've seen springtails eat it, which I'm particularly interested in, but also I've become fascinated by it and would love to grow some myself.…"
Sep 20, 2023
Tom Smith replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I am of course brand new to P. Polycephalum and have A LOT to learn. I began my steps in this pursuit by some Slime from Carolina, after a suggestion from my nephew. We are looking to solve a maze and maybe replicate the Tokyo pattern. But I myself…"
Sep 13, 2023
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Sep 5, 2023
ian replied to Jess Elliott's discussion Sm and packaging design
"Yes they evaluate food value and size. If you want to use weighting, the Dusstour group used 10% powdered egg in agar vs 2% oat agar, you can chuck valerian in the mix if you want something bordering on addictive and salt or baking soda to repel.…"
Jul 19, 2023
ian replied to Karl Schofield's discussion Physarum in a fish tank
"You're way too damp there and if you use lichen and fungi as food sources you won't get so much mould. "
Jul 19, 2023

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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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