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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 531032, 7 pages
Research Article

P-bRS: A Physarum-Based Routing Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks

Information Engineering College, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471023, China

Received 24 August 2013; Accepted 17 November 2013; Published 5 February 2014

Academic Editors: Y. Lu, J. Shu, and F. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Mingchuan Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Routing in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) is an extremely challenging issue due to the features of WSNs. Inspired by the large and single-celled amoeboid organism, slime mold Physarum polycephalum, we establish a novel selecting next hop model (SNH). Based on this model, we present a novel Physarum-based routing scheme (P-bRS) for WSNs to balance routing efficiency and energy equilibrium. In P-bRS, a sensor node can choose the proper next hop by using SNH which comprehensively considers the distance, energy residue, and location of the next hop. The simulation results show how P-bRS can achieve the effective trade-off between routing efficiency and energy equilibrium compared to two famous algorithms.