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The slime moulds
are not intelligent as we understand it, but by flexibly responding to stresses like light, and adapting, they are able to solve navigation problems that would perplex computers.
are organisms with characteristics of both animals and plants.
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.
Since 2010 Sarah has been studying acellular slime moulds
(myxomycetes) and has made hundreds of collections, many of which have been lodged in herbaria.
The amoeba species Dictyostelium discoideum lives in slime moulds
in the soil.