The idea about fungal intelligence sounds pretty off the wall at first, also to me, but I have to say that the RealAudio program of ABC Australia "The Science Show" (which this post links to) explains a lot. There is a mechanism which can explain it: the small world phenomenon. No matter how large and interconnected a network is, necessary information never needs to be more than a few nodes/fungal cells away. Mycelial mats literally can 'know' about all the places on this planet where they can convert waste into compost!
The program does not mention mycelia even once but listen to it. Or read the transcript. It explains a lot!
I love mushrooms, i live in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
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