Edinburgh Lecture: Truffles: a tale of diversity, symbiosis, cultivation and sex


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Dr Paul Thomas


Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 18:00 - 19:00

This month's lecture on truffles is by Dr Paul Thomas from Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd. Although some truffle species are among the most expensive gourmet foods, much of their biology and ecology is still poorly understood. As a hypogeous fruiting body, truffles are largely produced by mycorrhizal fungi and are often dependant on a host plant for their survival. Dr Thomas will look at the history and development of cultivation, through to modern day genetic approaches and some surprising advances in our understanding of their sex lives.

BSS lectures are held jointly with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in their lecture theatre at 20A Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR. The lecture commences at 18:00, tea served from 17:30.


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