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 [...]

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 [...]

2020-04-29T14:41:52-07:00October 6th, 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 [...]

2020-04-28T14:55:10-07:00June 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. [...]

2020-04-28T14:57:52-07:00May 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 [...]

2020-04-28T15:00:52-07:00March 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 [...]

2020-12-07T19:03:29-08:00March 17th, 2016|Climate Change, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Robert Chang & Dr. Paul Thomas Score Truffles Down Under

During our recent trek Down Under, Dr. Paul Thomas and I spent time in Manjimup Western Australia researching and foraging for black European truffles—the very same black diamonds that ATC cultivates with our truffle partners here in North America. Our time there was educational and exhilarating. See Dr. Thomas' July blog for insights about the [...]

2020-04-28T15:17:01-07:00August 5th, 2015|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

Examining Truffle Rot in Australia

Last month, Robert Chang and I visited Western Australia to explore several facets of their native truffle industry. While there, I was particularly keen to look at the issues many orchards are having with truffle rot. Despite the fact that some plantations in Western Australia produce very good yields, there has been a localized problem [...]

2020-04-29T14:21:44-07:00July 22nd, 2015|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

A Role for Mating Types in Truffles

Despite the traditional focus by truffle cultivation researchers and practitioners on site selection and in-field methodologies, it is a new genetic understanding that represents a new frontier. In 2010 the genome of Tuber melanosporum (black European truffles), the world’s most commercially valuable cultivatable truffle species and the focus of American Truffle Company's ongoing research and [...]

2020-04-28T15:21:39-07:00June 20th, 2015|Truffle News, Truffle Science|

A healthy truffle tree makes for happy truffles

Growing truffles isn't just about keeping the truffle-fungi happy, it’s also about making sure the host tree is in good condition. The truffle relies on the living host tree for its own survival and, if we want to produce truffles, this needs to be a healthy partnership. As we’re heading towards the end of May, [...]

2020-04-28T15:25:56-07:00May 19th, 2015|Truffle Science|
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