"Unite or Die"

Uniting for a common goal


The beginning of the formation of a slime mold ("Wikipedia")
Agriculture requires a lot of work, but it provides enormous benefits that are obvious not only to people. Ants, termites, bark beetles and even sea snails cultivate mushrooms, and swallow fish weed plots with their favorite algae. However, the agronomic activity of the public amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum was a complete surprise for scientists.

Джоан Страссман

Experts in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University in Houston, Texas, led by Joan Strassmann and David Oueller, discovered that this creature is a bacterial economy. Scientists reported their discovery in the journal Nature on January 20, 2011.
It happens like this: during starvation, each cell releases a special substance, cAMP, into the environment, and at the same time it crawls in the direction of increasing the concentration of this substance. It is easy to understand that as a result, individual amoebas making independent decisions gather in heaps in those places where their initial concentration was higher.

Дэвид Квеллер
The cellular slime mold spends most of its life in the form of single amoebas that live on the soil surface and in the forest floor, feeding on bacteria and multiplying by division. But if food dries up, tens of thousands of amoebas gather in a multicellular aggregate called pseudoplasmodium.

Pseudoplasmodium crawls for some time, striving for light (phototropism), and then forms a "fruiting body" on the stem. The stem itself consumes a fifth of all cells, which then die. But the remaining 80% turn into spores and scatter from a height around the district, getting a chance to get to a more abundant place and continue the race. This explains phototropism: it is better for spores to scatter from an open and even elevated, and therefore well-lit place.
For the common good
Agriculture is inextricably linked with sociality, as it is a long-term enterprise designed for several generations. Moreover, the bacteriologist not only takes care of his own people, but also helps his neighbors, since the non-farmers grazing nearby can consume the microorganisms left unfinished after the relocation of the farmers, and then move on behind and sip on someone else's field.
The fruits of farming are used not only by those cells that collect and sow bacteria, but also many generations of their descendants. And after all, who limits himself for the sake of a bright future for children? Amoeba! True, not simple, but social.
Creeping slime mold
(Nature magazine)
The power of associations
The simplest organisms collectively, as a whole, take systemically significant actions for the survival and prosperity of their species. Such an example of sacrifice and the ability to unite for the sake of achieving a socially useful goal is shown to us by living organisms in nature.

Because cooperation is a fundamental act of cooperation, due to which all living things survive. Let's remember this and learn from nature. We are originally one.