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An alternate view of amoebae fruiting bodies, with spores and bacteria.

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An alternate view of amoebae fruiting bodies, with spores and bacteria. Related Story: Like Humans, Amoebae Pack a Lunch Before They Travel.

Some amoebae do what many people do. Before they travel, they pack a lunch.

In results of a study reported today in the journal Nature, evolutionary biologists Joan Strassmann and David Queller of Rice University show that long-studied social amoebae Dictyostellum discoideum (commonly known as slime molds) increase their odds of survival through a rudimentary form of agriculture.

(http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=118407&org=NSF) link to entire article

Credit: Owen Gilbert
 
 

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