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slime mould

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(Botany) any of various simple spore-producing organisms typically found as slimy masses on rotting vegetation, where they engulf food particles by amoeboid movements. Formerly regarded as fungi, they are now classified as protoctists of the phyla Myxomycota (true, or cellular slime moulds) or Acrasiomycota (plasmodial slime moulds)
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Noun1.slime mould - a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animalsslime mould - a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; sometimes classified as protoctists
acellular slime mold, myxomycete, plasmodial slime mold, true slime mold - a slime mold of the class Myxomycetes
cellular slime mold - differing from true slime molds in being cellular and nucleate throughout the life cycle
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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In this way, it made its own locomotion, creeping forward, against the flow, in a way similar to how slime molds move.
The cognitive capacities of simple organisms have also been demonstrated through recent work on slime molds. Physarum polycephalum is a giant single celled organism lacking neurons or a central nervous system that can grow to several meters in size.
Sentient slime molds with their first crush won't take no for an answer.
After a substantial overview of the region, of mushrooms in general, and of mushrooms in the region, they profile species of 17 groups within the phyla Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, and Myxomycetes (the slime molds).
In response, this article defends a plural ontology of process, activity, event, and continuant, and shows how a sortalist philosophy of substance that makes Hilary Putnam's distinction of realism from metaphysical realism can treat disputed questions concerning the identity and individuation of colonial siphonophores, slime molds, and plant-colonies.
(One, called the P element, even managed to hitchhike its way into the genome of every fruit fly on Earth during the 20th century.) Burt was interested in a particular kind of selfish gene present in slime molds, called an endonuclease.
In 2010, slime molds provided a surprising insight to Atsushi Tero of Hokkaido University and his team.
"Introduction to Mycology in the Tropics" thoroughly covers Basidiomycota, Ascomycota, lichens, further groups of Fungi, Straminipila (Heterokonta), and slime molds. It offers details on their etymology, systematics, geographical distribution, ecology, morphology, life cycle, biochemical aspects, and importance for humans (positive and negative).
The kngdom of fungi also includes yeasts, slime molds, rusts and several other types of related organisms.
Beginning with population bottlenecks as an easily comprehensible example of where chance plays a major role, the book extends this concept to organisms with small numbers of cells and particularly focuses on Bonner's specialty, slime molds. The relationship of size and complexity over time, similarities in division of labor between multicellular organisms and animal societies, and sexual vs.
While researching the genetics of slime molds and yeast, for example, Dr.