Monday, April 19, 2010

Slime Molds!

Slime Mold is an organism that straddles two kingdoms. They share qualities with both the protist kingdom and the fungi kingdom. There are more than 500 species of slime mold and can be found ingesting bacteria and decaying wood. There is still a tremendous amount that we do not understand about the slime molds. It seems evident that they might have an intelligence beyond what we would expect from such a simple life form. In one experiment, slime mold was able to navigate its way through a maze in order to find the food source.


Read the article about the experiment: BBC News.

Watch the video about slime molds.

What are five interesting things you found in the article and the video?


Richard said...

1. smokey national park has an estimated 10,000 species of plants, animals and fungi but only 12% have been identified.

2. slime molds some times look like animals and some times they look like plants.

3. there are a lot of different types of fungi.

4. slime molds may hold the cure to diseases like cancer.

5. some slime molds can be found mostly on trees.

Bob said...

1.Slime molds can look like animals

Slime mold is one of a group of single- to multi-celled organisms traditionally classified as fungi but having characteristics of both plants and animal

3.Slime mold can mostly be found on trees

4.Slime mold can negate its way through a maze

5.And it went the shortest route

Brooke said...

1.) slime molds,come in different type of ways. some in slime form some in a plant-like form.

2.)the slime mold are not fungi or plant or an animal there are something different.

3.) when slime mold is in the plant-like form it reflected the light at shined different colors.

4.)the slime molds are found on trees and plants, maybe even other organisms.

5.) they are classified as fungi but they have plant and animal characteristics.
6.) slime mold can be multi. or single celled

The adolescent juvenile said...

Smokey national park has only identified 12% of it's species

the tree canopy is hard to access

Many species of animals plants and fungi live in the park

Slime molds can be used in medicine

Slime molds are a good part of an eco system

DIggy Dog D said...

Over 10million visitors a year

only 12% of species in the park have been identified

When pieces of food were placed by the slime mold it changed its courses heading the shortest possible route to the food

Some types of slime mold is the bane of gardeners because of the jelly like surface not he grass

Slime Mold tries to fill all available space

nicole said...

1. Even the lowliest of creatures can cmplete mazes.
2. The slime spreads outall of it's pseudopodia to fill the maze.
3. It adopted the shortest possible route, effectively solving the puzzle.
4. Researchers say that the slime changed it's shape to maximise its foraging efficiency.
5. Slime mould is one of a group of single- to multi-celled organisms traditionally classified as fungi.

Jade! said...

1.) smokey national park is one of the most visited national park in the USA

2.) Only 12% of species and plant life have been identified out of 10,000!

3.) Slime molds are found on trees, sometimes can be slowly creeping up them like animals

4.) The slim mold are not fully animals, plants or fungi

5.) slime molds hold medicines

RE said...

1. another name for slime mold is mixo mises

2. slime molds are plantlike and animallike

3. they have many different shapes sizes and colors

4. they may have some medical uses

5. they are not plant animal or fungi

logan said...

1. Some single celled organisms are dumb
2. the slime is signifying primitive intelligence
3. the slime spreads out in a network of tube-like legs
4. two pieces of food were placed at two points in the labyrinth and it squeezed itself between the two
5. it found the shortest way through the route to get to the food

loves to ride said...

1) 100,000 species, animals and plants and fungi only 12% has been identified
2) smokey national park is the most visited in the united states
3) slim mold can resemble plants and animals
4) slim may hold the key to new medicine
5) there is a new species of slim mold that was found in a tree

sophie :-) said...

1) instead of using tree spurs to get up the tree the team uses rope that is hooked over a tree branch and they collect bark samples every 10 feet

2) the single celled organism can tell and use the fastest way thought the the maze

3)the slime molds that have yet to be discovered could have the things that doctors are looking for, for medicines and cancer

4)the slime spreads out its information by using long tubes called legs to fill all space that has not been taken up

5)a lot of slime molds can be found on trees and in forests but sometimes you wont even notice because they can look like small plants

Anonymous said...

That is insanely interesting!!!!

Mr Bob said...

slime mould aren't animals or plants or fungi, but are kinda like them all

slime mould could save many people because it could be a cure to cancer

only 12% of animals, plants, and more have been discovered

cells reproduce by spores, but their cells can move like an amoeba

slime mould makes a jelly-like surface on grass

Jacob said...

1. Slime mold changed its shape
2. Can navigate a maze
3. Can determine their is food in a maze and find the most efficient way to it
4. Ate both pieces of food at once (sort of)
5. Capable of propelling itself towards food in a somewhat-intellectual way

☠☣☢B-Square and Dan Rock like scientist☺♻✡☠ said...

There are Over ten million visitors a year.

- Only 12% of species in the park have been identified.

-When pieces of food are placed by the slime mold it changed its courses heading the shortest possible route to the food.

- Some of the types of slime mold is the bane of gardeners because of the slick like surface not he grass.

- Slime Mold tries to fill up all of the available space there is.

Eve X3 said...

1. the smoky national park has an estimated 100,000 species only about 12% have been identified

2. The tree canopy has a large amount of slime molds that haven't been discovered yet.

3. it can send gelatinous tendrils in search of food.

4. slime molds are not entirely animals or plants or fungi, they are something of there own.

5. slime molds may hold the key to medicine like antibiotics or even cancer

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