Archive for March, 2010

Truffles and Peanuts

March 31, 2010

Today is the 35th anniversary of the publication of this Peanuts strip introducing Truffles (whilst truffle hunting):

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The Secret Sex Life of Truffles

March 30, 2010

The New York Times reports on decoding of the Périgord black truffle’s genome by a team of French and Italian researchers. Apparently it is made up of 125 million units of DNA that contain about 7,500 genes. Among other things discovered is that truffles, long been thought be asexual, in fact have two sexes, or mating types. Another interesting thing in the article is that it seems that what attracts truffle flies (the pheromones anisole and veratrole) is different to what attracts pigs (the hormone androstenol) to the same truffles.

Chinese Truffles

March 3, 2010

Gareth Renowden, author of the excellent The Truffle Book, has posted a link on his Limestone Hills blog to an article he wrote on Chinese truffles. He also links to an article about his truffle hunting beagle Peg.