Lightning spurs mushroom growth

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A low charge of electricity carried through the ground from a lightning strike causes mushrooms to increase growth, just as generations of Japanese farmers have asserted. Researcher Koichi Takaki explains that exposure to a burst of 50,000 to 100,000 volts of electricity for one ten-millionth of a second causes the proteins and enzymes in mushroom hyphae (ostensibly “roots”) to decrease and then increase, possibly as a defense mechanism to a threat, so the fungi mature quickly and prepare to reproduce. The data about “artificial lightning” will be used to investigate the possible use of electricity in commercial food production, not just for mushrooms but other foods as well. Read more here.

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