Dino pointed out the most interesting article in the January 22, 2011 issue of New Scientist magazine regarding the activities of certain slime molds. According to the article (link), slime molds deliberately include their preferred strains of bacteria, i.e. their meals, into their spore capsules, which they use to reproduce. When the slime mold colony move to a new location, the bacteria can then be "seeded" into the new spot, making it easy for the new slime molds to find a ready source of nutrition.
In the below photograph, taken in the latter half of November 2010, the red bumps on the log are slime mold.
|Mushroom and Red Slime Mold / Nov 21, 2010|