Hundreds of thousands of slime moulds can merge together to find food

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New Scientist  reports: “These strange, mushroom-like structures are the reproductive phase of a type of slime mould, complex amoebae that feed on bacteria on forest floors”

“THOUGH they may resemble something from another planet, these strange, mushroom-like structures are in fact the reproductive phase of Physarum album, a slime mould species that feeds on bacteria on forest floors.”
“Fossils indicate that such organisms have existed almost unchanged for some 100 million years, possibly because slime moulds possess a remarkable memory and problem-solving skills. They are so good at working out the most efficient routes to food that researchers have looked to them when designing transport networks.”
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