Natalie Andrew

This is a section of slime mold Physarum polycephalum plasmodium responding to a drop of delicious sugary liquid. You can see its contractions become more rapid and chaotic. How do these responses spread to the rest of the plasmodium? How are these signals processed and coordinated into an appropriate behaviour? I am tackling these questions in collaboration with theoretical physicist Karen Alim.

Alim K., N. Andrew, A. Pringle. 2013. Quick Guide: Physarum polycephalum. Current Biology 23:R1082-R1083.

Here the yellow P. polycephalum plasmodium oozes over the pores of a turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor). The elapsed time is around 3 hours.