Self-organized mechano-chemical dynamics in amoeboid locomotion of Physarum fragments

  title={Self-organized mechano-chemical dynamics in amoeboid locomotion of Physarum fragments},
  author={Shun Zhang and Robert D. Guy and J. C. Lasheras and Juan Carlos del {\'A}lamo},
  journal={Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics},
The aim of this work is to quantify the spatio-temporal dynamics of flow-driven amoeboid locomotion in small (∼100 μm) fragments of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum. In this model organism, cellular contraction drives intracellular flows, and these flows transport the chemical signals that regulate contraction in the first place. As a consequence of these non-linear interactions, a diversity of migratory behaviors can be observed in migrating Physarum fragments. To study these dynamics… 
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