Web edition: May 5, 2012
People have linked a truffle’s smell to its environment: the soil it grew in, the tree that nourished it or the weather. Now, scientists say that the secret to a truffle’s aroma is in its DNA, the genetic instructions inside cells that tell them which molecules to make. The findings could help people grow truffles on farms instead of the traditional harvesting method, digging for truffles in the wild.
R. Ehrenberg. For truffle aroma, it’s not all about location. Science News, Vol. 181, May 5, 2012, p. 16. Available online: [Go to]