Grow Slime Mold
Slime mold is made up of organisms that resemble amoebas (single-celled organisms with no definite shape) and can easily be described as “blobs.” They move around looking for food and avoiding predators. They need food and water to live, and like cool, dark places. They are common in forests and wooded areas, and easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. The slime mold in this experiment is actually made up of many of these single-celled organisms that work together to find food and avoid threats to survival. They eat a variety of things and are useful decomposers. This group of molds used to be classified as fungi (like mushrooms), but are no longer listed in this kingdom; scientists have a hard time agreeing what slime molds actually are!
Some slime molds reproduce asexually using spores, much like fungi, but other kinds reproduce sexually, fusing gamete cells to form zygotes (the earliest stage of an embryo). Now both types of slime molds (plasmodial slime mold and cellular slime mold) are classified in the Amoebozoa kingdom. Plasmodial slime molds are singular giant cells, while cellular slime molds are single cells that come together and act as a single unit. In this experiment, you will observe cellular slime mold cells acting together and searching for food.
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