Where does slime’s life cycle start?

This is a bit like asking which came first:

the chicken or the egg?

Slime has a cyclic life

moving though different phases

 

What are Physarum’s typical main life phases?

(A) Sclerotium

(B) Plasmodium

(C) Sporangia

(D) Spores

(E) Flagellated swarm cells

 

 

Which life phase is best for electrical signals?

Mature plasmodium as it forms plasmodial tubes whose electrical signals can be monitored

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes up plasmodial tubes?

SL: Slime Layer

V: Vesicle

Ec: Ectoplasm

En: Endoplasm

 

Cross section of plasmodial tube