Slime Mold Report - Biology 116 Dr Sesterhenn Slime Mold Report Tyrel Peters The name of the species of mold we experimented with was Physarum

Slime Mold Report - Biology 116 Dr Sesterhenn Slime Mold...

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Biology 116 Dr. Sesterhenn Slime Mold Report Tyrel Peters The name of the species of mold we experimented with was Physarum polycephalum; this is a fungus-like protest because they form fruiting bodies that form spores. We were given a plasmodial slime mold to grow and experiment with for one week. I began my experiment on September 16, 2014 and I continued observing and experimenting it until September 23, 2014. This slime mold was in the resting state before we put it in the plate and was called a sclerotium. Slime molds go into this state when conditions are unfavorable. Once the mold is in its vegetative stage, it becomes a wall-less mass of cytoplasm and it has many diploid nuclei. This mold moves by cytoplasmic streaming. Slime molds eat their food by engulfing through endocytosis. These protists can also grow infinitely as long as it has favorable conditions. The initial set up of our plate was pretty simple. We put one small sclerotium in the middle of the 2% agra plate.

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