My name is Gus, a postdoc researcher at Dartmouth College, USA, working on Biocomputing. Our group just stepped in this field and want to discover how different sound/music affect the growth of slime mode. I like you Ted talk and your comments in "the creeping garden"!
Do you know any agar plate (especially prepared ones) can grow Physarum Polycephalum without using oats? I see that normally people have to put oats in the agar, but for my experiment, I'd rather not use oat because it will block/affect the shape. In other words, I am looking for agar plates where the nutrition evenly mixed with the agar is enough for the growth. Could you give me some advice?
Would you be interested in sending a high quality image or two of a slime mould experiment/art you have been working on that we could include in our exhibition? Are any possibly for sale that would benefit from being displayed? Thank you, Rosie
hmm i see. well, i kept it out of light completely and it had plenty of food nearby, just never reached it... But yes, as I said, would love to give it another go so if you can send another plate to nathan that would be great! thanks!!
unfortunately, my slime mould died :( It turned into black spores overnight! And from what I heard from the other people, most of theirs didn't make it as well. I would really like to try it once again - do you think there's any way I can arrange to get another sample? cheers
Hi Heather, Thankyou for your welcome, and what a great site! We loved your workshop and the appoach of your artistic practice. I hope the pictures I posted do the workshop justice. Sadly my own culture died before it got started - maybe it got jolted on the journey home, but it has withdrawn completely and has shown no signs of life. I feel like a murderer.
I had the same problem with B. utricularis sclerota. B. utricularis seems to touch oats and then streams away. I believe it prefers rotting wood because it is looking for bacteria to eat, it also loves to eat paper products like brown cardboard (paper towel tubes). I currently don't have any B. utricularis because it died with my termite culture and am writing all this based on memory.
I am guessing that slimoco is free to join and there are no membership fees because I haven't seen anything that says otherwise.
Heather: I'm very impressed with your time-lapse photography, and have a question regarding how you are lighting the specimen. I have tried flash, but find that there are often slight variations in the light intensity of each shot, even with all settings on manual. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Hi, Heather! Thanks for being interested in our experiment with physarum. We have weighed out different food types and placed them in containers with the slime mold - our goal is hopefully to weigh them again in a week or two to see how much of each food sample has been eaten and determine if there was a food preference.
i missed my chance to add a comment when i friended you -- so, i'd like to let you know that i help curate a gallery in Los Angeles called Mastodon Mesa (www.mastodonmesa.com). we love your work, and though we don't have budgets to fly stuff out from other countries please let us know if you are going to be in LA, or would be open to exhibiting video work as part of a group show etc.
I was in Bartlett doing my MArch last year and it was Rachel Armstrong who got me all fascinated about slime mold hence came those artworks. Of course I have been a big fan of yours in your slime mold experiments and I am now collaborating with Soichiro from Bristol over some architectural projects. Playing with this monster is all I can think about now!