Truffle Science

Success! Huge Early Harvest for South African Truffle Orchard

The monster 380g truffle worth around $900 American Truffle Company's chief scientist, Dr. Paul Thomas, recently reported that one of his Southern African truffle orchards has harvested its first truffles. The site, just 5.5 years old, uses a range of tree host species and the methodology employed by ATC. During the first hunt, a total [...]

A truffle revolution comes to Western Pa

Robert Chang, Chief Truffle Officer of American Truffle Co.Recently, Robert Chang was invited to speak at the annual Gary Lincoff Mushroom Foray. Here’s what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed prior to the event: Perhaps you didn’t know an American Truffle Revolution exists. But it does, and Robert Chang will attest to it. He is the chief [...]

2019-06-25T14:41:20-07:00September 26th, 2017|Special Interest, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Robert Chang Guest Speaker at 17th Annual WPMC Lincoff Foray

The 17th Annual Gary Lincoff Mushroom Foray, presented by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club (WPMC), will be held on Saturday, September 16, featuring walks, presentations, an auction, book signings, a mushroom feast and lectures by guest speakers Gary Lincoff, past- president of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and author of the Audubon Society Field [...]

2019-06-25T14:41:21-07:00April 27th, 2017|Events/Activities, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Truffles are a Great Farm Diversification Crop

In the Farmers Weekly Christmas special edition, Isabel Davies interviewed Dr. Thomas and one of his truffle orchard partners (*name changed to protect farmer's identity and orchard location), who is on track to start commercially harvesting this upcoming season, about the suitability of truffles as a crop for farm diversification. Truffles was one of four crops featured by the magazine as having great potential for diversification...
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2019-06-25T14:41:21-07:00March 15th, 2017|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

The Survival of Black Summer/Burgundy Truffle in a Flooded Environment

Climactic conditions at the study site provided by Met Office UK. In October, American Truffle Company's Dr. Paul Thomas and Robert Chang attended the 8th International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms (IWEMM) in Cahors, France, where Dr. Thomas presented a paper on his recent studies of the survival of the black summer/Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum [...]

2019-06-25T14:41:22-07:00February 1st, 2017|Truffle Science|

National Geographic: The Trouble with Truffles

Truffles are the wave of the future...Foodies wax ecstatic over truffles. The late food writer Josh Ozersky described their aroma as “a combination of newly plowed soil, fall rain, burrowing earthworms, and the pungent memory of lost youth and old love affairs.” A few slices shaved over a dish can turn the ordinary into the [...]

2019-06-25T14:41:22-07:00November 10th, 2016|Napa Truffle Festival, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Dr. Paul Thomas featured in TED Talk “miniPCR/The truffle farmer that needed DNA analysis”

In May, Sebastian Kraves, a molecular neurobiologist, was invited to give a TED Talk about the miniPCR DNA Discovery System that they developed. The article about this was published in the TED home page in September and features American Truffle Company's Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas' work. Figure 1-5. Dr. Paul Thomas holding the first [...]

2019-01-07T23:16:06-07:00October 6th, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

BBC Interviews Dr. Paul Thomas

Margherita Taylor of the BBC charts the progress of Dr. Paul Thomas' black truffle cultivation success from the Dragon's Den award of £75,000 to the successful first harvest in the UK 12 years later. The feature covers a bit of the history, pricing and method of cultivating fresh truffles, plus follows Freddy the truffle dog [...]

2016-11-09T12:28:08-07:00August 25th, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

First Farmed Black Truffle Harvested in Southern Wales

38g truffle - as the first Welsh-farmed truffle, it’s priceless! After years of patient oversight, the first Welsh-farmed black truffle has just been harvested in southern Wales by an extremely excited grower; “I still can’t believe it, I’m over the moon!” Wishing to remain anonymous so that the location will be kept secret, the Welsh [...]

2016-11-09T12:28:49-07:00June 29th, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Testing, Testing, Testing

Debby Zygielbaum, vineyard/orchard manager of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, in the RSV Truffle Orchard with Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas. Here at American Truffle Company, we are big proponents of data and monitoring. Our orchards undergo regular testing to assess the health and well being of the trees, soil and, of course, the truffle fungus. [...]

2016-11-09T12:31:04-07:00May 23rd, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Suitable Climate Areas in North America for Périgord Truffles

One of the first  questions that a potential grower asks is if their land is located in a suitable climatic zone for growing truffles. In response, we've created the world's first interactive truffle climate map for North America, which we've posted on the American Truffle Company website. The map does not answer the general question [...]

2016-03-23T14:25:13-07:00March 22nd, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Climate Change and the Impact on Truffle Supply

Changes to climatic variables across the world are evidenced from a large range of sources, including climate station logging by humans. Future predictions for climate change are variable and complex; however, there is broad agreement for the direction of impacts for many areas. We at American Truffle Company are often asked the question ‘how will [...]

2016-03-18T16:26:58-07:00March 17th, 2016|Truffle News, Truffle Science|