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Physarum Culture Kit

Item # 155825

What is it? A protist? An animal? Despite its confusing taxonomic status, the creeping slime mold Physarum polycephalum is still an attention getter for your students. Students can follow through the life cycle observing the active plasmodial stage and the inactive sclerotial stage.

Price

$39.50

In stock and available to ship.

Beginning - Easy to perform; requires no experience in microbiology.

For a class of 30. What is it? A protist? An animal? Despite its confusing taxonomic status, the creeping slime mold Physarum polycephalum is still an attention getter for your students. Students can follow through the life cycle observing the active plasmodial stage and the inactive sclerotial stage. With teacher instructions.

Note: Upon receipt of kit, break seal on plate culture and store at room temperature away from direct light. For best results, use plate culture within 2–3 days of receipt.

** Kit and perishable components will ship separately and may arrive on different days.

  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.
 
Components Qty Included?
Physarum Life Cycle Bioreview® Sheets 30 Included
Physarum polycephalum Plate Culture (plasmodial stage) Included
Physarum Sclerotium Included
Bottles Agar, Non-Nutrient (2%) 4 Included
Sterile Petri Dishes 20 Included
Old-Fashioned Oat Flakes Included
Sterile Disposable Scalpel Included
Autoclave Disposal Bag Included

Living Organism Care Information

 
Physarum Culture Kit 4.8 5 2 4
Quality Product with Everything Included I purchased the physarum culture kit for a 7th-grade science project. My son researched the experiment design prior to ordering (and I highly recommend prior research); thus he was able to start soon after the culture kit arrived. The slime mold kit included everything he needed for the experiment and more. The kit was well-packaged with all parts clearly labeled. I appreciate that this quality product was available for his individual use. I am not a scientist, and the only surprise was the agar melting--very time consuming. My son truly enjoyed the experiment. During the experiment, my son stated, "This slime mold thing is really fun!" Adult supervision was important in this project. My son and I spent quality time together as I helped him with the project. Thanks for the opportunity; my son felt like a "real scientist." November 19, 2014
A lot to use My son is conducting a science fair experiment that requires slime mold. This kit had all of the required components to culture the little beasts. However, the instructions were not very parent-friendly. The kit was obviously focused to a school science teacher with a classroom of kids and some experience in this area. It would be very helpful if the instructions were written so that they referenced the components by a code, either color or alpha/numeric. Also, it would be nice if the kit was smaller. We didn’t need a class room volume, we only required but half of what we had to buy. This all being said, the kit worked great, good quality and successful, and we have the beasts we need. This was like two science fair projects in one. January 9, 2012
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