The main objective of the project MYXOTROPIC, in its fifth phase, is to study the myxobiota of the puna and dry inter-Andean valleys of Peru, an extensive area that remains unexplored for these microorganisms.

The specific objectives are:

  • To carry out the first systematic sampling of this territory.

  • To search for Myxomycetes in their natural habitat, and to complement this fieldwork with the laboratory culture of substrates collected in the field, to detect microscopic species.

  • To build the first reference myxomycete collection of the area.

  • To prepare the first catalogue of the myxobiota of this area.

  • To study, describe and illustrate previously unknown species.

  • To germinate and culture certain species, on defined media, to observe their life cycle.

  • To observe the morphogenesis of species and their resistant forms, and in some cases complement the taxonomic information with DNA sequencing.

  • To reveal community composition in certain microhabitats and analyze species-substrate relationships.

  • To examine species distribution patterns.