The Project

Model organisms are an indispensable resource for biological research. They are being used to elucidate basic principles of life. Using a small number of such organisms it is possible to extract knowledge which then informs other research areas. Some model organisms are standing out as they are widely used systems. From an evolutionary point of view only four main branches of eukaryotes are represented by such model organisms: Animals, Fungi, Plants, and Amoebozoa. Physarum polycephalum is a model system in the Amoebozoa clade in its own right. A multinucleate stage where thousands of nuclei share one cell, is part of the life cycle of this species. The life cycle also includes a single celled, flagellated, stage, which is the starting point for the sexual cycle. P. polycephalum can also form sporangia containing many spores, sitting on top of stalks. This life stage resembles the fruiting bodies of social amoebae. It is thus conceivable that similar mechanisms are employed in these two clades to establish such structures.
The Physarum community agreed to make the accummulated genome and transcriptome sequence data publicly available. This web site provides links to explore these data.

However, use of the data on a global scale is only allowed for those contributing to the genome paper currently in preparation.

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