A team of researchers from Unconventional Computing Lab, UWE Bristol discovered that fungi are memristors (resistor with memory).
Memristors (memory resistor) close the loop for I-V characteristics of the traditional, passive, semi-conductor devices. A memristor is a physical realisation of the material implication and is therefore a universal logical element. Memristors are getting particular interest in the field of bioelectronics.
In laboratory experiments the Unconventional Computing Lab team show that living oyster mushrooms ‘Pleurotus ostreatus’ exhibit mem-fractive properties. They believe a potential practical implementation of the memristive properties of the fungi would be in the sensorial and computing circuits embedded into mycelium bound composites.
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The Unconventional Computing Laboratory
The Unconventional Computing Laboratory was founded by Professor Andy Adamatzky in 2001 as a response to an urgent need to develop computers for the next century.
They design novel computational techniques, architectures and working prototypes of non-linear media based computers.
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