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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.

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June 20, 2015

First Plantations of the year are underway

During March we have seen our first plantation of the year getting underway in France, with has trees inoculated with the Black Winter Truffle. This species thrives in the milder Mediterranean climates and is very valuable; prices reached a whopping €1250 per kilo this month. We also have new plantations in the UK with trees inoculated with the British summer truffle. The Summer Truffle has a broad tolerance of climate and can grow as far north as Sweden, which makes it an ideal species to cultivate.
June 20, 2015

New growers’ seminar

After the huge success of our first new growers’ seminar, we have decided to make it a recurring event with the next meeting booked for the 22nd of March. It will be held at Bradley Park Golf club, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.Tickets are available now at £10/ea. The event will be started with a very informative presentation by Dr. Paul Thomas, and then we will have plenty of Q and A time.
June 20, 2015

The world’s biggest black truffle?

What could be the world’s biggest black truffle was sold last month in the south of France. The 1.3kg black Périgord truffle (Tuber melanosporum) went on sale in the farm market of the French south-western town of Sarlat. The massive subterranean fungus is the biggest ever found and sold in Périgord, which is historically the most famous truffle producing region of France. Winter truffles are currently being sold for about 1,000 euro (£828) per kg on southern France farmer’s markets, and we estimate that this one sold for around 1,500 euro.
June 20, 2015

The Napa Truffle festival

On 13th of January 2012, the Second Annual Napa Truffle Festival opened to a sold out weekend event. The event was organized by our partners the American Truffle Company. Programs and activities throughout the weekend included culinary/cooking demos, lunches and tours at Raymond Vineyards and Robert Mondavi Winery, a lively Festival Marketplace showcasing local artisanal vendors, and a grand multi-course Truffles & Wine Dinner at La Toque—each course was prepared by a Michelin Star Chef .
June 20, 2015

Stella McCartney’s new truffley perfume

Stella McCartney has announced the launch of her latest fragrance, which unusually features truffle as a top note. McCartney’s truffle choice seems surprising to everyone who has smelt truffles before. Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier of Firmenich, who worked with McCartney on her floral signature scent, Stella, explained his surprise at the decision. “The truffle was unusual, but I said OK to Stella” he is quoted as saying.
June 20, 2015

Planting and Tree Deliveries

The prime tree planting time November – March is upon us. Traditionally, November to March are good months to plant, as the trees are dormant and planting in the winter allows the truffley-roots plenty of time to settle in before mycorrhiza and root-growth starts again in spring.
June 19, 2015

The White Truffle Season 2011-2012

The white truffle, the most expensive fungi in the world, is now in season. This rare truffle that is only available for these few months of the year are almost exclusively from one part of Italy. They fetch staggering prices of thousands of pounds per kilo, and are the ultimate culinary luxury. One of the reasons that these truffles are so expensive is that wild harvests continue to decline.
June 19, 2015

Truffle grower’s seminar

Our first annual grower’s seminar was held on the 18th of this November. It was a resounding success and we would like to thank everybody who came. The day started with a presentation by Dr. Paul Thomas and was then filled with plenty of Q and A time. We love meeting fellow truffle enthusiasts and enjoyed the day so much that we are planning to hold two seminars every year from now on. The next one is scheduled for March 2012, if you would like to attend pleaseemailshop@plantationsystems.com

  • With our own genetics lab and research sites in 23 countries, we are truly world-leading in the field
    Daniel Paskin
    Nursery Manager
  • Thorough and scientific methodologies, attention to detail and having a committed partner at every step of the way, is the only reliable approach to truffle cultivation
    Dr Paul Thomas
    General Director
  • From guidance in orchard establishment, tree supply and management to our own truffle distribution network, we've got all angles covered
    Samantha Ellis
    Business Development

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