Plasmodium (slime mold)

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In slime molds , the Plasmodium is a large, pithy , membrane-enclosed protoplasm mass that feeds on phagocytosis . In the myxomycetes , the mononuclear amoeboid cell of the first phase produces a multinucleated plasmodium through multiple nuclear divisions . It represents the most important phase of the trophic stage in the life cycle of the (real) slime mold. Under favorable circumstances the plasmodium matures, forms fructifications and changes into a spore-forming fruiting body . The spores contained in this fruiting body, the sporocarp , are spread with the wind after it disintegrates. From these germinating, unicellular amoeboid organisms can develop - a myxamoeba or, in a wet environment, a myxoflagellate , initially with only one cell nucleus.

The following types of plasmodia are common:

  • Protoplasmodium : It is only visible with a microscope and is inconspicuous. It is common in basal forms of the myxogastria, the Echinosteliida .
  • Aphanoplasmodium : A fine network is formed that covers larger areas. Representatives of this type are the Stemonitidae .
  • Phaneroplasmodium : It is visible to the naked eye and is clearly differentiated both morphologically and functionally. He is thus the most highly developed type. The Physarida and the Liceida form phaneroplasmodia.

A so-called pseudoplasmodium is formed in the subclass of Dictyostelia . This is caused by the myxamoeba crawling together without cell walls. However, each cell still retains its independence. It is also called aggregation plasmodium.


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