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Physaridae Physarum polycephalum
Location: Wasatch Mountains
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Physaridae
Physarida
Slime Mold
Myxogastria
Mycetozoa
Conosa
Slime Molds
Amoebozoa
Amoeba Kingdom
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus
Physaridae Family
Physarum Genus

Many-Headed Slime
This is not a fungus, it's an ameoba, which is in it's own Kingdom now (Amoebozoa).
The Amoebozoa are a major group of amoeboid protozoa, including the majority that move by means of internal cytoplasmic flow. Their pseudopodia are characteristically blunt and finger-like, called lobopodia. Most are unicellular, and are common in soils and aquatic habitats, with some found as symbiotes of other organisms, including several pathogens. The Amoebozoa also include the slime moulds, multinucleate or multicellular forms that produce spores and are usually visible to the unaided eye.

When it's food supply runs out, the plasmodium stops feeding and begins it's reproductive phase. Stalks of sporangia form from the plasmodium; it is within these structures that meiosis occurs and spores are formed. Sporangia are usually formed in the open so that the spores they release will be spread by wind currents.
Spores can remain dormant for years if need be. However, when environmental conditions are favorable for growth, the spores germinate and release either flagellated or amoeboid swarm cells (motile stage); the swarm cells then fuse together to form a new plasmodium.
Maze-solving
A team of Japanese and Hungarian researchers claims that a specimen of P. polycephalum was able to navigate a maze made of agar using the shortest route possible when two pieces of food were placed at two separate exits of the maze.
Event anticipation
By repeatedly making the test environment of a specimen of P. polycephalum cold and dry for 60-minute intervals, Hokkaido University biophysicists discovered that the slime mould began to anticipate the pattern by reacting to the conditions when they did not repeat the conditions for the next interval. Upon repeating the conditions, it would react to expect the 60-minute intervals, as well as testing with 30- and 90-minute intervals.
Computing
Andrew Adamatzky at the University of the West of England in Bristol, outlined how it is possible to precisely point, steer and cleave plasmodium using light and food sources. Since plasmodia always react in the same way to the same stimulus, Adamatzky says they are the "ideal substrate for future and emerging bio-computing devices".




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