Gelatinous Yellow Blobs in the Forest: An Introduction to Slime Molds

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Slime molds are enigmatic and seldom seen elements in Washington’s ecosystems. They aren’t animals, plants, or fungi. So, what are slime molds, exactly? Now considered a phylum within the Protist kingdom, the slime mold life cycle includes amoebae, plasmodia, and fruiting bodies. We’ll take a look at these different life cycle stages, view some colorful and intricate fruiting bodies, and learn where to look for slime molds. In addition, we’ll examine how scientists use slime molds to study developmental biology, the evolution of sex, and traffic patterns.

Sarah Gage worked in a slime mold lab at U.C. Berkeley in the late 1970s. She has since earned an M.S. in Botany, an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, served as president of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), managed the University of Washington Herbarium (1988–2001), and worked on biodiversity conservation and salmon recovery in state government (2005–2019). She serves on several WNPS committees and has curated the Botanical Rambles blog for WNPS since the blog began in 2012.

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October 06 2020


Date: October 6
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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