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Research Finds That Mushrooms May Have Their Own Language

May 3, 2022 | Media Partners, Psychedelic News Wire

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New research has found that mushrooms have their own language that they use to talk to each other. The study, which was conducted by Professor Andrew Adamatzky of the University of the West of England, published its findings in the “Royal Society.”

For their study, the researchers in Adamatzky’s laboratory focused on four different fungi: caterpillar, ghost, split gill and enoki fungi. They monitored the electrical signals that fungi send to each other via the underground tubes that connect them in a fungal colony, known as hyphae.

The researchers then analyzed these signals, discovering that the signals pulsed in patterns that were structurally similar to human languages. The researchers explained that the electric pulses they analyzed were organized into “trains,” which resembled words in human language, noting that a vocabulary of up to 50 words also existed. The researchers also found a pattern of the order in which the “words” were used, which cements the idea that there is a language the mushrooms use.

Adamatzky also presented a number of interesting findings, beginning with findings from a prior study conducted by his lab that indicated that the fungi altered the characteristics of their electrical “trains” when an environmental change was induced via optical, chemical or mechanical stimulation. The researchers hypothesize that this may indicate that a section of the mushrooms could be conveying changes to the rest of the fungal colony or they could be sharing information about injury or food.

The professor also highlighted that the classification method used to measure the words was primitive, noting that the researchers classified every word by measuring the electrical spikes in every train, without taking into account the spike order. He hypothesized that studying the 50 words more carefully could lead to the discovery of thousands of words, which would make this language even more complex.

In addition to this, he observed that there were variations observed in the fungi species used, noting that the languages of these species varied in syntax, size and complexity, which suggested the presence of different dialects among different species.

Despite these new discoveries, it is important to note that this particular field of study is still new. This means that there exists other potential explanations, other than language, which could explain the data gathered by Adamatzky’s laboratory. Adamatzky himself reiterated the need for more studies on this, noting in his paper the direction that future studies needed to take.

A lot is yet to be unearthed about psychedelic mushrooms, but one thing is certain — companies such as Cybin Inc. (NYSE American: CYBN) (NEO: CYBN) that are conducting drug-development programs on these substances could soon bring to market therapies that have the potential to make significant changes in the mental care space.

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