NEWS

Dr Paul Thomas (our managing director) has appeared on several TV programmes, radio shows and in many written articles. Specific areas of expertise include the biology, cultivation, hunting and cooking methods of the wide range of truffle species. If you would like an interview or require information for an article then please use our contact form (LINK) and we would be very happy to help.

Below, our most recent new articles are displayed and our back-catalogue is open for browsing.

June 19, 2015

Desert Truffles in Africa

Last month we had the pleasure of harvesting Desert Truffles in North Africa. The desert truffles are not so aromatic or tasty as European truffles but are still good to eat. There are more than 30 different species of Desert Truffle, and they all (as the name suggests) grow in the hot, dry regions around the Mediterranean, from Southern Spain through North Africa, to the Middle East and Turkey. The traditional way of finding these knobbly, pale, whitish-brown truffles, is by hitting the ground with a stick, to see where there is resistance. Nowadays the
June 19, 2015

Truffle-tree planting in Wales with £9,000/Ha grant support!

The generous £9,000/Ha grant is now available again for tree planting in Wales. For all landowners and farmers in Wales, this is a great opportunity to plant truffle trees with generous grant support. We can work with the grant body and tailor our planting plans so that you receive the highest income possible. Even better, the system allows no loss of Single Farm Payment for those who turnover land to trees. These grants are available now and there is no need to be in the Glastir All Wales scheme, or the targeted element of Glastir.
June 19, 2015

First Plantations of the year are underway

This March is going to be a busy month for everyone at MSL. Over the next few weeks we are preparing to plant new plantations across Europe from Scotland to Romania. The majority of these plantations will produce the summer truffle, which has a broad tolerance of climate and grows well in areas of Europe with cool winters. Our annual checks are all scheduled and as always we will keep you updated with how all our plantations are progressing. This is an exciting year for us, especially as a favourite Welsh site may be coming into production, so watch this space.
June 19, 2015

Research presented at IWEMM6

This week we are presenting our latest research at IWEMM6 in Rabat, Morocco. The International Workshop on Edible Mycorrrhizal Mushrooms (IWEMM) is an important scientific conference held every two years.
June 19, 2015

Decline in supply of winter truffles

Unfortunately the winter truffle had had a tough time of it lately. This season’s cold weather and heavy frosts means that much of the harvest has reportedly been lost or damaged. The cold weather is resulting in a higher number of smaller and frost damaged truffles. Fortunately, only some production areas have been hit and the problem is greatest in wild sites rather than well managed plantations.
June 19, 2015

Truffles – The secret to hair removal?

June 19, 2015

School Childrens’ Find in Perth

A couple of months ago we received a sample from a truffle that was uncovered from Moncreiffe Primary School in Perth. We have since used DNA to determine the species, and the result is quite unexpected.
June 19, 2015

Truffle news from around the world

The darker side of truffles emerged last December as a French truffle farmer shot dead a suspected poacher. With the winter truffles prices soaring at the end of December, truffles are a highly prized crop. A serious decline in truffle production in recent years has further inflamed passions – at the end of the 19th century 2000 tonnes a year were being produced from France whereas now some experts say that only 50 tonnes a year are being harvested today.

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    Daniel Paskin
    Nursery Manager
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    Dr Paul Thomas
    General Director
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    Business Development