Bhubaneswar: Mushrooms can talk to each other and recognise up to 50 words! Yes you heard it right.
A new study of the electrical activity of four species of fungi found electrical impulses were structurally similar to human speech and resembled vocabulary of dozens of words.
He and his computing laboratory analysed electrical spikes generated by enoki, split gill, ghost and caterpillar fungi. In the research, published by Royal Society Open Science, professor Adamatzky said, “We do not know if there is a direct relationship between spiking patterns in fungi and human speech. Possibly not.”
The research found the spike clusters resembled human vocabulary of up to 50 words, with the information being passed along fungal roots called mycelium. Professor Adamatzky said the average length of each ‘word’ was 5.97 letters – the English language averages 4.8 letters per word.