Sexual reproduction in truffles

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  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    https://phys.org/news/2013-12-scientists-unearth-secrets-perigord-truffles.html
    and
    It is commonly believed that truffles, like other fungi, are homothallic, meaning that they reproduce themselves," said Paolocci. "Because fungi that reproduce this way do not need a sexual partner it was believed that truffle cultivation relied only on the environment and nutrition, now we know that is wrong."
    https://phys.org/news/2010-10-scientists-reveal-sex-wars-truffle.html
    and
    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna40090841

    when you eat a truffle you are eating it's sexual organ.
    neat, huh?
    rocky mountain oysters anyone?
     
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  3. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Clever thread title.

    And this is one of those things that I'm intrigued to know, but didn't really need to know. lol
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    It seems that eating rocky mountain oysters can give one a temporary testosterone boost...
    (the story goes that classical Greek athletes doped themselves by feasting on testes before a competition)

    One wonders if the same can be said of eating the male truffle?
     
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  7. Hercules Rockefeller Beatings will continue until morale improves. Moderator

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    Mod note: The thread title has been edited to remove the profanity. We've never pretended to be a family-friendly site, but at a minimum a want some propriety within the thread titles.
     
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  8. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    ah yes, but alas, a tad ephemeral
    (sigh)
     
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