08 Sep '17, 2am

Scientists sniff out Thailand's first truffle species

BANGKOK: Gastronomes of the world delight. Two new types of truffle have been unearthed in Thailand's far north, scientists announced Thursday (Sep 7) in what they called a first for Southeast Asia. Researchers at Chiang Mai university said they had identified two brand new species and confirmed that tuber magnatum -- the same species as Italy's much sought after white truffle -- had been found in a national park surrounding Mount Suthep in northwestern Thailand. "We confirmed that they are truffles both from their DNA and their physical look," Jaturong Khamla, one of the researchers, told AFP following the publication of their paper. The first species, a white-coloured truffle, was discovered in 2014 and has been given the name tuber thailanddicum. The second one, brown on the outside but with a white interior, was found in 2015 and has been named tuber lannaense. Then in...

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