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How Slime Molds Remember Where They Ate

How Slime Molds Remember Where They Ate

How Slime Molds Remember Where They Ate Lars Fischer Like all slime molds, Physarum polycephalum has no brain or nervous system—yet it somehow “remembers” food sites for future reference. In a new paper, biophysicists Mirna Kramar and Karen Alim of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany, describe how the organism’s…

‘Mother Trees’ Are Intelligent: They Learn and Remember

‘Mother Trees’ Are Intelligent: They Learn and Remember Richard Schiffman Few researchers have had the pop culture impact of Suzanne Simard. The University of British Columbia ecologist was the model for Patricia Westerford, a controversial tree scientist in Richard Powers’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Overstory. Simard’s work also inspired James Cameron’s vision of the…