‘Slime Mould’ will be the subject at the next Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests meeting on July 27th.
The guest speaker at this year’s FOBIF Annual General Meeting will be the Tasmanian naturalist, author and photographer, Sarah Lloyd. She has recently published a remarkable book, Where the slime mould creeps. Sarah started exploring the little-known world of Myxomycetes (also known as plasmodial or acellular slime moulds) in the wet eucalypt forest that surrounds her home at Birralee in central north Tasmania. By 2015 Sarah had amassed over one thousand collections representing some 110 different species. Myxomycetes are unlike any other organisms. They have two animal-like stages that move about to feed, followed by a spore-bearing stage, many of which are exquisite. Sarah will talk about her work and show images of common, rare and ‘new’ species (one of which has been named in her honour) and the various stages in the lives of these truly remarkable organisms. The meeting will be held on Monday July 27 at 7.30 pm at the Ray Bradfield Rooms, beside Victory Park, Castlemaine. Everyone is welcome.