Physarum Study Set. Includes both plasmodium and sclerotia as described above, plus: one plate of oatmeal agar (for regenerating sclerotia), one filter paper plate (for inducing sclerotial stage), one small jar of oats for culturing, and complete instructions. A group notable for its unwillingness to be neatly classified. Grouped with the Protista because their vegetative state is a mobile amoeboid mass, and with the fungi due to their production of fungus-like fruiting bodies. Like the fungi they also produce spores with cell walls. Slime-molds live primarily in moist habitats on decaying plant matter, consuming bacteria and other microorganisms. Physarum polycephalum develops bright orange-yellow plasmodia and is readily cultured so that all stages can be studied and observed. Takes 5 days to culture after receipt.