Shrooms on shrooms? Scientist says fungi communicate with each other in 50 words

Shrooms on shrooms? Scientist says fungi communicate with each other in 50 words

April 12, 2022 0

What happened:

On Apr 7, a study conducted by British computer scientist, Andrew Adamatzky from the University of the West of England, stated that the electrical impulses that mushrooms emit could be a type of communication that allows them to communicate with one another.

Investigation:

Previous research has revealed that fungi send electrical impulses through underground filamentous structures called hyphae, much like nerve cells do in humans. Prof Adamatzky, in his unconventional computing laboratory in Bristol, looked into the patterns of electrical spikes produced by four fungal species: enoki, split gill, ghost, and caterpillar fungi. He accomplished this by implanting microelectrodes into substrates colonized by their patchwork of hyphae threads, or mycelia.

Conclusion:

The findings were published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, “Assuming that fungus employ spikes of electrical activity to communicate and process information in mycelium networks, we group spikes into words and present a linguistic and information complexity analysis of the fungal spiking activity,” adding that distributions of fungus word lengths are comparable to those of human languages.

Mahnoor Tariq
Mahnoor Tariq
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