Enoki mushrooms next to tree trunk covered in moss
Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?
Forest floor-dwelling fungi can send one another electrical signals to form word-like clusters, according to a computer scientist, but whether that represents something akin to language isn’t clear.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, 1111IESPDJ
Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?
Can Mushrooms “Talk” to Each Other?

Forest floor-dwelling fungi can send one another electrical signals to form word-like clusters, according to a computer scientist, but whether that represents something akin to language isn’t clear.

Forest floor-dwelling fungi can send one another electrical signals to form word-like clusters, according to a computer scientist, but whether that represents something akin to language isn’t clear.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, 1111IESPDJ

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colonies of mold growing on a Petri dish
Fungi Squeezed Through Microchannels Offer Clues to Cell Growth
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2021
A study finds that fast-growing species are stymied by narrow gaps, while slower-growing species can pass through and continue extending.
illustration of how slow-growing and fast-growing fungi grow through a narrow channel
Infographic: How Fungi Squeeze Through Tight Spaces—or Don’t
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2021
A study finds that slower-growing species are better able to adjust their growth to fit their hyphae through narrow passages.
Newly Found Proteins Stop Fungal “Bleeding”
Viviane Callier | Nov 12, 2020
Mechanically sensitive proteins called gellins sense and respond to protoplasm flowing out of severed hyphae, quickly sealing up injuries in these root-like structures of fungi.
Image of the Day: Fungal Feature Tracker
Emily Makowski | Nov 5, 2019
New software can analyze fungi’s growth over time.
Image of the Day: Bacterial Highways
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 25, 2018
Fungal pathways in cheese rinds affect the composition of bacterial communities residing there.