Fascinating Truffle Seminar
Lecturers at the Seminar:
Christina Wedén is a lecturer at Uppsala University and a Doctor of Biology, having written her PhD thesis on Black Truffles of Sweden (2004). Since 1997, Christina has worked with Gotlandic truffle, both regarding genetic variations and ecology in connection with cultivation. During recent years, she has been involved in research involving the chemical analysis of the content and aroma of truffle. Alongside her scientific research, Christina runs a company Tryffikultur AB in partnership with the agriculturalist Lina Pettersson. Tryffikultur AB aims to develop trufficulture in Sweden and northern Europe.
Professor Giovanni Pacioni is active at the University of L'Aquila, Italy, where he does research on truffles, their evolution and ecosystems. Professor Pacioni is also an expert on the production of tree seedlings for the cultivation of truffles and has written several patents, including for how to extend the shelf life of fresh truffles by using an edible film coating. During his career he has written some 200 scientific reports and some 30 books. He is an esteemed lecturer in both scientific and popular contexts.
The truffle chef of the year
Every year a person is choosen to be this year’s truffle chef. The price goes to a chef who, with great success and with good example, has favored the development of the truffel business on Gotland through one of the following:
Served exciting, innovative, culinary truffles at the restaurant
Raised the competence of truffles in food in the restaurant world
Developed food experience tourism around truffles
Collaborated with schools or entrepreneurs in and out of the country about the truffle
Developed other products or services that have brought the industry to the forefront