680 fungi species in Dutch Zealand province


This video shows Cordyceps (parasitic fungi) as seen on the BBC Planet Earth documentary.

Translated from the Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant daily in the Netherlands:

Monday 26 November 2007 – DISHOEK – After about three weeks of research in forests and dunes, in order to get to know which fungi species occur in Zealand, Het Zeeuwse Landschap has concluded: 680 different species were counted, including ninety which had never been found before in Zealand.

In the Duinbos near Dishoek, the hearts of the fungi researchers started to beat faster when they found Pseudobaeospora albidula, a fungus which had never been seen in the rest of the Netherlands, and only three times worldwide.

On the dike between the Grevelingenmeer and the Krammer-Volkerak, they found a new highlight: a species, new to science. Mycologist Eef Arnolds was happy to find out that so far, just one specimen had been found, which had just a provisional name.

The new fungus has been named Dermoloma inodora, which means non-smelling dermoloma. Other dermoloma toadstools typically smell strongly.

A 1.5kg white truffle found in the Italian countryside will be sold at a charity auction in Macau where it is expected to fetch €150,000 ($299,000): here.

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  1. 2008-11-28 15:06

    Monster truffle up for auction

    Bidding for Italian tuber in four cities via satellite

    (ANSA) – Rome, November 28 – The world’s truffle-loving elite are gearing up for what looks set to be a nail-biting bidding war on Saturday when a giant white truffle goes under the hammer at an international auction.

    Weighing in at 1.080 kilogrammes, the truffle is not a record breaker but is still expected to fetch thousands of dollars at the auction, which will take place simultaneously in four cities via satellite link-up.

    Bidding starts at 13.00 GMT at the Hotel Exedra Boscolo in Rome, the Emirate Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Lisboa casino in Macao and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey’s Murano restaurant in London.

    David and Victoria Beckham are expected to be among celebrity bidders, but observers say the auction of the maxi-truffle is likely to come down to a two-man tussle between Chinese business magnate Stanley Ho and Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates race horse enthusiast and new power behind Manchester City Football Club.

    Last year Ho set the world record price for a single truffle, forking out 330,000 dollars for a Tuscan truffle weighing 1.5 kg – one of the largest truffles found in the last 50 years.

    The giant truffle on sale at Saturday’s auction was dug up in the southern Italian region of Molise, and the auction is aimed at showcasing tubers found across the country rather than in the more famous truffle-producing regions of Piedmont and Tuscany.

    ”The fact that there are truffles, and ones of excellent quality, in Molise will be news to many consumers”, said auction organiser Giselle Oberti.

    ”There are many truffle-producing regions in Italy, some very well known like Alba, Aqualagna and San Miniato, while others are only just beginning to enjoy a reputation,” she said, adding that a total of 16 lots from seven Italian regions will be on sale.

    WHITE TRUFFLES MORE PUNGENT.

    White truffles are rarer, more pungent and more expensive than black ones. They have a shorter growing season, in the three months around Christmas. Blacks are more common in the centre and south, whites in the north.

    Nestling in the roots of about 50 trees – mostly oaks but also hazels, poplars, mulberries and willows – truffles are rooted out by specially trained dogs.

    With demand shooting up over recent years, hunters have become increasingly competitive and there have even been reports of skulduggery such as hamstringing or even poisoning the champion dogs of rivals.

    Some of the northern and central fields have been exhausted, partly because of poachers who sell their catches on the black market.

    But new areas are emerging, such as the upper reaches of the Tiber, Abruzzo and the Pollino National Park in Calabria.

    The biggest white truffle ever found weighed 2.52 kg and was discovered in San Miniato in Tuscany in 1954.

    Once you’ve found your truffle, here’s what to do with it, according to Italian superchef Annie Feolde: ”Clean it thoroughly with a pointy knife and a little brush, cut it into wafer-thin slivers and heat them up in marinated butter and a little water from boiled vegetables.

    ”Then spread the mixture over your piping hot tagliolini and you’ll see the steam complete the symphony.” Top Tuscan chef Aldo Fiorelli says ”you can grate your truffle directly onto your pasta. True aficionados use truffles weighing around 100 grammes. Getting your hands dirty isn’t frowned on – quite the opposite, in fact. It makes the experience more convivial and orgiastic”.

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