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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.

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$40.75

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
 
Physarum Culture Kit 4.3 5 5 7
Major complications with growing the organism. For some odd reason - despite prior research, careful handling of the organism (especially paying attention to processes of sterilization, as well as controlling humidity and light), directly following the instructions in the packet, and trying out all sorts of different methods after days without results - the slime mold would not grow, not even a millimeter in a few weeks time. The instructions claimed that the sclerotia would detach from their paper within 16h, but even that did not happen with any one piece of sclerotia in 2 weeks! It is possible that during the shipping of the packet to Europe, something had happened to the sclerotia. This is very disappointing, as conducting experiments with this particular creature is a part of my high school diploma, and I am supposed to finish my experiments by the end of the summer holidays. I am in a hurry, but the slime mold from Carolina has decided it does not want to cooperate at all. June 25, 2015
Lets have fun Son is home schooled so this was an easy learning experience for all. During the first attempt we managed to grow some type of black and gray scary looking mold. During the second attempt the product turn out textbook perfect with lots of cool slime mold. Product package gives enough materials for a whole classroom so we got to try growing it in the attic, the basement, the laundry room, and even his sisters room (away at college). It is amazing the different results. Now we even notice it growing in the backyard. Highly recommend for those looking for something fun and easy. June 4, 2015
This product is complete study kit Specimen live and all the including items in good quality. February 16, 2015
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
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