Posts Tagged ‘truffle science’

The Aroma of Truffle

June 24, 2011

An article from WA Today on how food scientists from the University of Western Australia are looking into the aroma of truffle using a range of technology and sensory science techniques to accurately identify the chemicals.

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.

Can Science Give Truffles a Boost?

February 25, 2010

There was an article recently in the London Times on the “flurry” of scientific projects that attempt to explain the relationship between truffles and trees in order to increase yields. An interesting read even if it has a very French bias -I would imagine the inhabitants of areas like Alba and San Miniato in Italy would argue with the article naming Tuber melanosporum as “the most revered and expensive variety” of truffles.