What do amoebae look before they leap?— an efficient mechanism before sporulation in the true slime mold <i>Physarum polycephalum</i> —
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In this study, we investigate a moving behavior of the network which is observed before an amoeba turns into ‘fruiting bodies’, namely it sporulates. More specifically, we observe how <i>Physarum polycephalum</i> behaves after a severe environmental change; exposure to certain strong light. Through systematic, controlled experiments (in constant dark condition, 26°C) we obtained four evidences, suggesting an efficient mechanism of the network's moving by which <i>Physarum polycephalum</i> makes the sporulation more effective, which is considered to be important for its survival. Our finding adds a new knowledge to the biological aspect of network science.
- Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications, IEICE
Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications, IEICE 6(2), 275-284, 2015
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