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Mushrooms can talk to each other with “up to 50 words”.

They’re shi-talky mushrooms.

As if mushrooms weren’t “magical” enough, British scientists have discovered that the multi-faceted fungi can reportedly talk to each other – and even have a rich vocabulary. Research detailing their alleged mushroom correspondence was published in the magazine on Wednesday Open Science of the Royal Society.

“[We] found that the ‘mushroom language’ surpasses European languages ​​in morphological complexity,” says the study, conducted by computer science professor Andrew Adamatzky at UWE Bristol.

To find out if fungi actually communicate – and not just with psychedelic adventurers — Adamatzky analyzed the electrical impulses of four species of fungi: enoki, split gill, ghost and caterpillar fungus.

The mushroom linguist achieved this by inserting tiny electrodes into the dirt colonized by the mushroom’s hyphae – the threads that make up the roots of the organism, known as mycelium. Then he wrote down the results.

As it turned out, the scientist didn’t stumble: Adamatzky found that the electrical spikes often occurred in clusters, reflected human vocabulary, and used up to 50 words, reported the Guardian.

New research suggests that fungi can indeed do this "to speak" with each other via electrical impulses.
New research suggests that fungi can actually “talk” to each other via electrical impulses.
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“We show that the word length distributions of fungi match those of human languages,” the researcher wrote in the study. Forked gills – a species that lives in rotting wood – produced the most complex “sets” of the four fungi.

Scientists postulate that fungi “chat” to announce their presence to other members of their cluster – similar to how wolves howl to warn the pack, reported the scientist. These mycological motormouths might also try to alert other fungi to potential threats – like the weather — as well as food sources, a la a slimy sentry.

Like a “mushroom trip,” however, there’s a chance it’s all going on in our heads.

Scientists found that the electrical spikes often occurred in clusters that reflected human vocabulary of up to 50 words.
Scientists found that the electrical spikes often occurred in clusters that mirrored human vocabularies of up to 50 words.
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“There’s also another option — they don’t say anything,” Adamatzky said. “Peaks of the expanding mycelium are electrically charged and therefore when the charged tips pass a pair of differential electrodes, a spike in the potential difference is recorded.”

“There’s also another option — they don’t say anything.”

Although researchers can agree that the patterns are not random, more studies are needed before mushroom reading becomes an official language.

“While interesting, the interpretation as language seems a bit too enthusiastic and would require a lot more research and testing of critical hypotheses before we see ‘Fungus’ on Google Translate,” said University of Exeter mycologist Dan Bebber, a co-author of earlier ones Studies of the phenomenon that suggested the electrical impulses could indicate active foraging.

In a similar landmark 2018 lingual study, researchers from the United Arab Emirates found that insulting plants can be detrimental to their health.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/07/mushrooms-can-talk-to-each-other-with-up-to-50-words/ Mushrooms can talk to each other with “up to 50 words”.

DUSTIN JONES

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