The Molecular Biology of Physarum polycephalum

  • William F. Dove
  • Jennifer Dee
  • Sadashi Hatano
  • Finn B. Haugli
  • Karl-Ernst Wohlfarth-Bottermann

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 106)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction to Physarum

    1. Helmut W. Sauer
      Pages 1-17
  3. Position Papers

    1. Timothy G. Burland
      Pages 19-38
    2. Thomas G. Laffler, John J. Tyson
      Pages 79-109
    3. Roger W. Anderson, Jennifer Dee, Keith Gull
      Pages 111-130
    4. Thomas Schreckenbach, Anne-K. Werenskiold
      Pages 131-150
    5. K.-E. Wohlfarth-Bottermann
      Pages 151-163
  4. Motility: Experimental Investigations

  5. Technical Feasibilities

    1. Klaus-Dieter Nothacker, Anne-K. Werenskiold, Thomas Schreckenbach, Armin Hildebrandt
      Pages 271-280
    2. Jörg Kukulies, Wilhelm Stockem
      Pages 281-286
    3. Michael N. Kazarinoff, David C. Ruth
      Pages 287-289
    4. Dominick Pallotta, François Bernier, Michel Hamelin, Rémi Martel, Gérald Lemieux
      Pages 315-327
    5. Finn Haugli, Terje Johansen
      Pages 329-335
    6. William F. Dove, Keith Gull
      Pages 337-340
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-368

About this book


One landmark in the long history of biological studies on the "slime mold" Physarum polycephalum was the introduction of chemi­ cally defined growth conditions for the plasmodial phase of this organism in the laboratory of Harold P. Rusch in Wisconsin in the 1950s. A number of investigators began working with Physarum in that era, then dispersed over the world. In the 1950s to 1960s, the regular meetings of Physarum workers in North America were commonly held in Wisconsin. Strong new scientific initiatives in Physarum have grown up independently, from the disciplines of genetics, cytology, photo­ biology, and biophysics, in countries scattered over the world from Japan to Poland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and Great Britain. Infusion of the technical power of contemporary molecular biology--in particular, gene cloning and monoclonal antibodies--has brought these dispersed investigators into mutual communication. It was therefore timely and appropriate to assemble the Physarum community again in Wisconsin after a hiatus of 20 years, at a conference in the Friedrick Conference Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from July 8 to 13, 1985.


biology biophysics genetics molecular biology

Editors and affiliations

  • William F. Dove
    • 1
  • Jennifer Dee
    • 2
  • Sadashi Hatano
    • 3
  • Finn B. Haugli
    • 4
  • Karl-Ernst Wohlfarth-Bottermann
    • 5
  1. 1.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterEngland
  3. 3.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  4. 4.University of TromsøTromsøNorway
  5. 5.University of BonnBonnFederal Republic of Germany

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