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Fungi might use an electric "language" to talk to each other, research says

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Fungi on a branch with electrodes attached
Andrew Adamatzky

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Life as a mushroom is not lonely.

In the wild, fungi transmit nutrients to trees and each other through an underground network of threads called mycelium.


Researchers have also known for decades that fungi create faint electrical currents.

Why they do it is still a mystery, but some researchers believe those signals could be a tool for communication in their interconnected world.