Multi-scaled adaptability in motility and pattern formation of the Physarum plasmodium

T. Shirakawa*, K. Yokoyama, M. Yamachiyo, Y. P. Gunji, Y. Miyake

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The plasmodium of Physarum polycephalum is a unicellular and multinuclear giant amoeba that has macroscopic size, and by this particular nature the organism is attracting a lot of attention in the research fields such as systems science, nature-inspired bio-computing and swarm behavioural study. In this paper, we investigated how the plasmodium generates new motility and morphology, and found that there are allometric relationships between the cell volume and morphology, and between cell size and cell motility. We further discuss how these relationships are realised, and these relationships are deeply connected to the organism's benefit of being a large-scale unicellular organism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive behaviours
  • Allometry
  • Bio-inspired computation
  • Cell motility
  • Pattern formation
  • Physarum polycephalum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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