Path finding by tube morphogenesis in an amoeboid organism.

@article{Nakagaki2001PathFB,
  title={Path finding by tube morphogenesis in an amoeboid organism.},
  author={Toshiyuki Nakagaki and Hiroyasu Yamada and Anik{\'o} M T{\'o}th},
  journal={Biophysical chemistry},
  year={2001},
  volume={92 1-2},
  pages={47-52}
}
We have studied how the plasmodium of Physarum polycephalum, a large amoeboid cell, is able to track the shortest path between two selected points in a labyrinth. When nutrients are supplied at these points to a sheet-like plasmodium extended fully in a maze, the organism forms a single tube which connects the two sites via the shortest route. During the path finding, plasmodial parts in dead ends of the maze shrink and finally the tube with the minimum-length is selected from the existing… CONTINUE READING

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