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Network coarsening dynamics in a plasmodial slime mould: Modelling and experiments

Hauser, Marcus J.B.; Baumgarten, Werner; Jones, Jeff; Hauser, M.J.B.


Marcus J.B. Hauser

Werner Baumgarten

Jeff Jones

M.J.B. Hauser


The giant unicellular slime mould Physarum polycephalum forms an extended network of stands (veins) that provide for an effective intracellular transportation system, which coarsens in time. The network coarsening was investigated numerically using an agent-based model and the results were compared to experimental observations. The coarsening process of both numerical and experimental networks was characterised by analyses of the kinetics of coarsening, of the distributions of geometric network parameters (as, for instance, the lengths and widths of vein segments) and of network topologies.


Baumgarten, W., Jones, J., & Hauser, M. (2015). Network coarsening dynamics in a plasmodial slime mould: Modelling and experiments. Acta Physica Polonica B, 46(6), 1201-1218.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Journal Acta Physica Polonica B
Print ISSN 0587-4254
Publisher Jagiellonian University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 6
Pages 1201-1218
Keywords plasmodial slime mould, network coursening
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Additional Information Additional Information : This article was originally published in Acta Physica Polonica B, Vol 46:6, pp. 1201-1218, and is reproduced here with the permission of Jagellonian University, Cracow.


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