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Jul 22, 2011

Climate Change Delivers a Delicacy to Germany?

"Sprechen Sie Deutsch?"

Good news if you prefer sausages to pasta: Ulf Buentgen, a climatologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that truffles, on a three-decade decline in their traditional Mediterranean sites in France and Italy, are being found more and more in eastern Switzerland and Germany, 100 kilometers north. The shift in habitat for the pricey fungi dovetails with a rise in average temperatures in the 20th century. Further studies are required, Buentgen told AFP, citing "enormous scientific, economic, and gastronomic importance."

--Reed McManus

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