The Magic of Slime Moulds

A talk by Professor Mark Fricker

Friday October 27th 8pm, Watlington Town Hall, OX49 5PS

Slime moulds are not fungi, despite their name, but are now thought to fall within several less well understood groups of the animal kingdom. Some are amoeba-like organisms that can live freely as single cells, but in certain circumstances, for example when food is short, can aggregate into multicellular structures which collectively exhibit movement and other behaviours equal to those of animals with simple brains. Other types, if introduced into an environment of scattered food sources, will organise themselves into an efficient network of connected branches offering lessons for human designers.

Come and hear about this strange and fascinating world from Professor Mark Fricker of Oxford University's Department of Plant Sciences, winner of an Ig Nobel award for research that makes people laugh first then think later.

Admission £2.50 (free to Watlington Environment Group members)

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