Margherita Taylor of BBC Countryfile Summer Diaries charts the progress of Dr Paul Thomas’ black truffle cultivation success from the Dragon’s Den to our successful first harvest here in the UK 12 years later. The feature covers some of the history and cultivation of truffles, and gives an insight into the stages that the truffle trees go under in our laboratory and specialist nursery, plus follows Freddy the truffle dog on an exploratory hunt!

September 3, 2016

Growing Truffles with BBC Countryfile Summer Diaries

Margherita Taylor of BBC Countryfile Summer Diaries charts the progress of Dr Paul Thomas’ black truffle cultivation success from the Dragon’s Den to our successful first harvest here in the UK 12 years later. The feature covers some of the history and cultivation of truffles, and gives an insight into the stages that the truffle trees go under in our laboratory and specialist nursery, plus follows Freddy the truffle dog on an exploratory hunt!
July 25, 2016

Truffle Talk: ITV News and BBC Radio Wales

Following on from our recent ground breaking truffle harvest in Monmouthshire, Wales, we have been busy being interviewed by the press and media and this week we have been featured on BBC Radio Wales and ITV News discussing truffles and our truffle tree plantations.
June 29, 2016

First ever truffle farmed and harvested in Wales

After 8 years of waiting, the first farmed Welsh truffle has just been harvested in southern Wales by an extremely excited cultivator: “I still can’t believe it, I’m over the moon!”. Wishing to remain anonymous, the Welsh orchard owner added: “It’s the most potent perfume I have ever smelt! Better than the ones I’ve bought-in. Wonderful”. The site is on pH-adjusted soil and was planted with English oak, holm oak and hazel, all inoculated with summer truffle. The owner completed some basic truffle-dog training and had moved to using fresh truffle as a scent source on the same day that the cultivated truffle was found. The 38g find known as the Summer or Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum syn. uncinatum) is the first to be cultivated in Wales and adds to MSL’s other successes in truffle cultivation throughout the UK and the world.
April 8, 2016

Climate Change and the Impact on Truffle Supply

Climate change is happening. This we know. But how will climate change impact on truffle production and supply? In this article Dr Thomas discusses how the predicated changes in climate would impact Périgord truffle (Tuber melanosporum) production.