Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Slime!


We are now studying Kingdom Protista, a large group of organisms ranging from single celled amoeba to giant kelp. The kingdom is vast and contains an extremely wide array of types of life. There are organisms that are animal-like, others that are plant-like, others that are similar to fungi, and even some that contain characteristics of all three. I find many of the organisms in Kingdom Protista fascinating, but my favorite is the slime mold.

BlogWork
Watch the video about the researchers and answer the following questions:

  • How would you characterize or classify slime mold (and why)?
  • Why might researching slime mold be a lucrative endeavor (why might it make someone a lot of money)?
  • How do they conduct their research?

Bonus Video!


13 comments:

Ari said...

I would characterize slime mold as a planimal (plant/animal) because it moves to find food, but it also has stalks and sparkles like some plants.
Slime molds might be new medicine, like antibiotics, or even cancer fighting things
To study the slime mold, the biologists climb into the trees and every ten feet, stop and take a sample. This way they can find the species of the trees.

danceMAGICdance said...

How would you characterize or classify slime mold (and why)?
I would characterize slime mold as an invasive species because it's everywhere, it affects the plants it settles on and it's fascinating!

Why might researching slime mold be a lucrative endeavor (why might it make someone a lot of money)?
Researching slime mold would be a lucrative endeavor because it might help scientists discover new medicines or cures for disease. Whoever finds a cure for a disease will probably be pretty rich.

How do they conduct their research?
They conduct their research by climbing trees and searching for slime molds, then studying them

Peeta is beyond sexy said...

How would you characterize or classify slime mold (and why?)
-I would classify slime mold as a plant with animal-like qualities since it moves to find food.

Why might researching slime mold be a lucrative endeavor (why might it make someone a lot of money?)
-This would be a lucrative endeavor since slime mold may contain keys to antibiotics and even cancer-fighting job. It would help make them money since people are willing to pay money for medicine.

How do they conduct their research?
-The poor students climb the tree and collect samples, while the scientist just gets to wait at the base of the tree to enjoy the fruits of the students' labor.

Julian(hungergamesfan25) said...

I would characterize slime mold as a hybrid of fungi, animals, and plants. I say this because it shares many of their traites.
Those who search the park for different species of slime mold, may be heavily compensated in return Unearthing new organisms helps protect the area, and I'm sure the people who do it are paid for their services.
Researchers who analyze the park for slime mold do it up in the trees. Using ropes that are attached to branches they climb up the trunk and salvage samples of bark.

Cray Fish said...

The way I would describe slime mold as an animal because it moves around and looks for, it doesn’t just wait for food to come basically. Someone would make a lot of money researching slime molds because it could fight off bacteria’s.

ich bin ine berliner said...

I can't see the first video clip on my computer, but i can see the bonus video. What to do?

Harrison(PeetaPeeta413) said...

I think that slime molds would be classified as a part animal part fungi part plant type of species. Kind of like a hybrid.(Like hungergamesfan25 said). I can see why researching slime molds could be costly, because a person would need supplies, experience, and access to the different parts of the park. You would need a good amount of money to take part in this endeavor. The people from National Geographic did their research by climbing up into trees. (I'm guessing they did this because certain species of slime molds live in higher up areas.)

moshe said...

I would classify slime mold as plant/aminal becuase of he way it grows and expands; also it finds food my branching out, it donsent make its own food. Slime mold may have the answer to how someone can fight against breast cancer; also it contains antibiotics. Also the younger scientist have a way to climb the tree without harming it; and collecting samples every 10 feet....

isaiah is a Cray Fish name said...

slime mold i think is a plant that moves in order to feed on other plants but then it also is a like an animal because it moves.

bvlego said...

I would characterize slime mold as a fungus. Slime mold might help scientists create medicines that could cure cancer. They also might help improve antibiotics. The researchers climb the trees picking off bark to find slime mold.

ich ben eine Berliner said...

i think slime mold should be in a category all to itself. it does have some characteristics of other kingdoms, but it combines all of these features into one.

it could definitely make someone a lot of money. if you confined a mold that can cure a disease, you will have stumbled upon a get rich quick scheme.

the head scientist's minions climb trees using ropes while taking samples of bark every ten feet. then when they come down, the head scientist examines the samples and takes all the credit for any new species.

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