All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive

Truffle dog "Miro", owned by co-author Simon Egli, with a Burgundy truffle he found in Switzerland. (Photo: Simon Egli)

Truffle dog “Miro”, owned by co-author Simon Egli, with a Burgundy truffle he found in Switzerland. (Photo: Simon Egli)

Some forest mushrooms, such as wild porcini, accumulate dangerous levels of radioactivity originating from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. With one notable exception: wild truffles, fungi that range among the most expensive foods in the world. Our publication All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactivepublished in the journal “Biogeosciences“, is being discussed in several international newspapers; selection below:

El Español: A la rica trufa de Chernóbil, 25.02.2016 (ES)    

Smithsonian.com: Good News, Foodies: Truffles Are Not Stuffed With Chernobyl Radiation, 25.02.2016 (USA)    

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