foodnews truffledog 3.01.2016
via Modern Farmer

Truffles, being near-impossible to cultivate, are pretty much only sourced from the wild, which makes them more susceptible to various forms of pollution than farm-grown fungi. Scientists from the Swiss Federal Research Institute tried to find out how that would apply to even the most damaging forms of pollution—like, say, radioactive fallout from Chernobyl…

As we wrote about in our explainer of the safety of eating food grown in urban gardens, plants generally don’t retain all that much pollution from the dirt in which they’re grown, with the possible exception of some roots. But mushrooms aren’t plants, and studies have shown that they’re especially susceptible to radiation. In fact, it’s been suggested that seeding mushrooms in radiation-infested areas may be an environmentally friendly way to suck up excess radiation from the soil.

Read on at Modern Farmer.

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