The mitochondria and plastids in almost all eukaryotes divide after organelle-nuclear division, as in slime mould
For most of their lifespan slime moulds
are amoeba-like, living in dark and humid habitats and serving a vital role by incorporating and digesting algae and bacteria.
is a broad term describing fungus-like organisms that use spores to reproduce, but despite it being just a giant super-cell it can trace the best foods, reports New Scientist.
They used Physarum polycephalum, a yellow slime mould
normally found growing in piles of rotten leaves and logs, to try to provide an alternative to conventional road planning methods.
In recent years, single-celled organisms have been used to control six-legged robots, but according to a report in New Scientist, Andrew Adamatzky at UWE wants to go one step further by making a complete "robot" out of a plasmodium slime mould
, Physarum polycephalum, a commonly occurring mould that moves towards food sources such as bacteria and fungi, and shies away from light.
The sense of smell has been observed in many creatures, even yeasts and slime moulds
, but our work shows for the first time that a sense of smell even exists in lowly bacteria.