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The Effects of Different Light Intensity that Will Inhibit Physarum polycephalum GrowthCamille Jones BIO 11105/07/2018
Name: Camille Jones Introduction: The study of Physarum polycephalum, known as a cellular slime mold, that can grow and changeits shape through growing tubular networks (Alim, Andrew, Brenner & Pringle, 2017). The tubular networks allow the slime mode to access food by finding shorts cuts (Schaap, Barrantes, Minx, Sasaki, Anderson, Bénard, . . . Marwan, 2015, November 27). The slime mold can communicate with its environment at an accelerated rate due to signal transmitters and Physarumpolycephalum has characteristics like a human due to its ability to branch out neurological and follow maze pathways (Latty & Beekman, 2010). Understanding the general background information of Physarum polycephalum and the conditions in which it grows, the idea that was hypothesized that being exposed to variety of intensities, there will be a corresponding decrease or inhibited growth as the light intensity increases. Lastly, the biological reasoning in this case would be that Physarum polycephalum would grow in any type of environment due to its access of food. If oats are placed in the environment with Physarum polycephalum then it would find the shortest access to it food and continue to branch of creating blob-like images on the plate.