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Farming writ small

Social slime moulds graze on bacteria, but save some for transmission in their spores. Strains practising this primitive form of farming coexist with non-farmer strains in an intriguing cost–benefit equilibrium. See Letter p.393

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Figure 1: Stages in the life cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum.



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Boomsma, J. Farming writ small. Nature 469, 308–309 (2011).

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