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P. polycephalum relishing a bird's nest fungus fruiting body.

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Comment by Steven Paul Wetzel on January 26, 2013 at 21:58

I used a paper towel cut into disks and moistened with water.  This allows me to replace a disk if it gets too soiled with rotting food.  

Comment by bruce kamolnick on January 16, 2013 at 20:56

Thank you Steven. I believe that would translate to 5 hours (120sec film x30fps x5s)/3600sec/hr = 5.

Can you also tell me what the base material the physarum is on? I've generally used agar, but have tried a few variations as well.

Comment by Steven Paul Wetzel on January 16, 2013 at 17:29

I think this was captured at one frame every 5 seconds and 30 frames per second play-back. 

The slime did penetrate the fungus but it left behind the fibrous structure after digestion,  a skeleton of sorts.  

Comment by bruce kamolnick on January 8, 2013 at 23:08

How long a period was this captured over?

Comment by Deborah Nelson on January 7, 2013 at 13:10


Excellent video. 

I'm an enthusiast for (real) animation, this could be used as art- especially in one of the darker eastern European style works.

The pulsations are interesting- about the rate of a human heart at rest, and far more apparent as the growth spurt of a given section is done and it settles to feeding- did the slime penetrate the fungal food?

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