All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive

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 radioactive, published in the journal "Biogeosciences", is being discussed in several international newspapers; selection below: El ... Read more

Old trees reveal Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) around 1,500 years ago

(Source: WSL press release 08.02.2016) Tree-ring measurements have revealed a period of extreme cold in Eurasia between 536 and around 660 CE. It coincides strikingly with the Justinian plague, migrations of peoples and political turmoil in both Europe and Asia, reports an interdisciplinary team, led by the Swiss Federal Research Institute ... Read more

All clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive

Büntgen U, Jäggi M, Stobbe U, Tegel W, Sproll L, Eikenberg J, Egli S (2015) Ideas and perspectives: truffles not radioactive. Biogeosciences Discussion 12: 17851-17856 This discussion paper is under review for the journal Biogeosciences (BG). Received: 30 Sep 2015 – Accepted: 28 Oct 2015 – Published: 10 Nov 2015 Abstract. Although ranging among the most expensive gourmet foods, it ... Read more

European springtime temperature controls Alpine ibex vitality

Press release WSL: Büntgen et al. (2013) Ecology Letters Alpine ibex populations benefit from climate change: Warmer springtime temperatures, earlier snowmelt, and hence better food availability enhance their horn growth, which is a sign of overall vitality. An international team headed by Ulf Büntgen and Kurt Bollmann at the Swiss ... Read more

Warm summers coincide with less frequent flooding

Over the past 2,500 years, flooding in the Alps has been less frequent during warm summers than during cool summers. This is the finding of a study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and carried out by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and ... Read more
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