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Truffles and sex: an update on what we know and implications for production 

February 10th, 2021|Categories: Truffle Cultivation|

Within truffle cultivation, some basic parameters are understood. For example, it is widely accepted that to cultivate Périgord black truffles (Tuber melanosporum) we need a suitable climate, alkaline soils and host trees whose roots have formed mycorrhizal structures with T. melanopsorum. Across the globe, these basic principles form the basis of truffle cultivation and an approach that is broadly successful. [...]

The Single Biggest Risk in Growing Truffles

January 26th, 2021|Categories: Truffle Science|

There are many technical considerations in trying to grow truffles. We’ve outlined the Five Steps to Growing Truffles before. However, by far the single biggest risk in growing truffles is not any of these technical considerations. It’s not the trees; it’s not the diseases; it’s not the soil. The single biggest risk is consistently the human factor. Time and again, [...]

Impacts of Climate Change on Truffle Production

December 7th, 2020|Categories: Climate Change, Truffle Science|

2020 has been a big news year and life has changed in ways that most of us never expected. At the start of the year, record wildfires seemed like they could be the big news story of the year as huge blazes ravaged Australia. However, as we all know, it wasn’t just Australia: the US also recorded record-breaking forest fires [...]

American Truffle Revolution Returns to Nantucket

March 26th, 2019|Categories: Events/Activities, Special Interest, Truffle News|

Robert Chang returns to Nantucket for the 22nd annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival, May 15-19, to present the American Truffle Revolution, an interactive experience that reveals the flavors, gastronomy, history and mystery of black truffles. He’ll also discuss how American Truffle Company has been leading the way in applying cutting edge science to reliably cultivate these ‘black diamonds’ in [...]

Chef Jodie Rubin’s Black Truffle Quiche

February 19th, 2019|Categories: Chefs, For the Home Cook, Recipes/Culinary|

On the chilly mornings of the Napa Truffle Festival’s Wild Mushroom Forays, Chef Jodie Rubin warmed everyone up with her tasty truffle quiche. “It was absolutely yummy,” said one happy forager. “What a way to start a mushroom hunt!” “It’s super easy to make,” says Chef Jodie. “The kale and Fontina cheese make it hearty, and the fresh black truffle [...]

Black Truffle Production in Europe Threatened By Climate Change

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change, Truffle News|

As stated in a recent article featured in Wine & Food Magazine: 'A recent study suggests the European truffle industry could be done by 2071 or sooner.' This was based on a paper from Scotland’s University of Stirling entitled "A risk assessment of Europe's black truffle sector under predicted climate change" and published last month in Science of the Total [...]

Success! Huge Early Harvest for South African Truffle Orchard

August 9th, 2018|Categories: Dog Truffle Hunts, Special Interest, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

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 of 40 black winter truffles [...]

Truffle economy: how a scientist sniffed out a culinary opportunity

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change, Special Interest, Truffle News|

Late one winter afternoon, in a field near Edinburgh, a scientist and a hunter are standing over a springer spaniel, watching it tear furiously at the base of a tree. Every few seconds, the dog ceases its digging, reaches down with its mouth and shakes a clod of earth as if it were a small mammal between its jaws. After a few minutes, the hunter, a retiree called Joyce, raises her hand and makes a circle gesture to the spaniel, Maxwell. “Snuffle,” she says. “Go snuffle the truffle.” And Maxwell takes off, whipping through the trees.

Taming the Truffle – Financial Times

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Climate Change, Dog Truffle Hunts, Special Interest, Truffle News|

A recent article in the UK Financial Times Magazine follows the truffle exploits of Joyce and her dog Maxwell in their truffle orchard near Edinburgh with Dr. Paul Thomas: ...In the field with Joyce and Maxwell is Paul Thomas, a scientist who has made the study of this elusive fungus his life's work, and the growing of them his business. [...]

American Truffle Revolution Returns to Nantucket

March 26th, 2018|Categories: Events/Activities, Special Interest, Truffle News|

Robert Chang returns to Nantucket with Michelin starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther with the American Truffle Revolution for the 21st annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival, May 16-20. Throughout the festival weekend, Robert and Chef Gabriel will be present truffle programs, cooking demos and fabulous truffle dishes. Friday’s program, Robert offers a shortcut to becoming a truffle connoisseur through an interactive [...]

American Truffle Company sets two new world firsts with harvest of Périgord black truffle

December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Climate Change, Truffle News|

From (left to right): Dr. Paul Thomas, truffle tree nursery In September of this year, American Truffle Company's Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas published a paper on his ground-breaking research.  Working with local farmers in the UK where he resides, he successfully cultivated black winter truffles as part of a program in Monmouthshire, South Wales. This is the [...]

A truffle revolution comes to Western Pa

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Special Interest, Truffle News, Truffle Science|

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 truffle officer of American [...]

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