please add total list of references, such as runoff from the nearby farm
Slime Mold news. On 2nd October 2008 the IgNobel Cognitive Science Prize was awarded to Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Ágotá Tóth of the University of Szeged, Hungary for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles in their seminal work: "Intelligence: Maze-Solving by an Amoeboid Organism."--PeterGFin 16:52, October 2, 2009 (UTC)
are there any edible slime molds in real world? i think this would be more interesting than maze-solving amoebs ;) --18.104.22.168 16:13, October 22, 2009 (UTC)
- Because they are so gooey and gross, every assumption is that they are indeed poison. They are liable to accumulate metal from their substrates. Quick research shows that they contain a lot of galactosamine amino sugar which is apparently a hepatotoxic or liver damaging chemical.
"Spores were collected from aethalia of the acellular slime mold Fuligo septica. The following components were identified in the spore cases at the relative amounts (percentage dry weight) indicated: protein (12.0%), lipid (16.7%), total carbohydrate (62.3%):(glucose (0.12%), galactose (0.56%), galactosamine (61.6%)), melanin (7.1%), phosphorus (0.4%), silicon (0.36), calcium (0.66%), sulfur (0.13%), manganese (0.08%), tin (0.02%).
There was a significant fraction of nonprotein amino acids made up largely of phenylalanine. The spore cases were enriched for specific proteins, some of which were glycosylated." --PeterGFin 13:06, August 4, 2010 (UTC)
I was interested enough in the subject to do a web search on the question of whether slime molds are edible and it is hard to say. Some types of food are poisonous if they are not cooked or prepared properly. Some types of mushroom are poisonous and other types are not. Some hits for 'dog vomit' slime molds range from edible to causing some types of disease. Do not eat any specific types of prepared slime molds unless it has been clearly unequivocally verified as safe to eat. 22.214.171.124 01:27, 30 December 2011 (UTC)