- Stanford is 125 years old, not a big deal, for the University of Hawaii is 108 and Harvard...379!
- The Stanford Energy System Innovations program has reduced campus greenhouse gas emissions by 50%. The goal is for 65% of the electricity to be renewable. However, no date was provided.
- 39,900 active companies can trace their roots to Stanford.
- in the UK the world authority on truffle mycorrhiza (the symbiotic relationship between fungi and plant roots), Paul Thomas, who became Chief Scientist and
- a nursery in Oregon, which now sells oak and filbert trees inoculated with truffle spores. (Indigenous Oregon truffles sell for 10% the European variety--because it lacks that special bouquet--but this latest innovation will make that necessary difference.)
- convinced vineyard owners to convert their poorest lands into truffle orchards, for the revenue stream could well be five times higher/acre.
- is looking forward to the first harvest from Robert Sinsky (right) Vineyards in Sonoma, as it takes five years for the system to mature, and T-Day will occur this Winter.
- organized an annual Napa Truffle Festival.
- is close to developing the uber expensive white truffle for inoculation, previously only grown in Italy.
Quadri on St. Mark's Square featured five courses, each with white truffles. Even the dessert was generously topped with them. This was probably the best meal I've ever had in my life.
Stanley Ho of Macau, of course, is noted for his truffles fetish: he paid $330,000 for almost 3 pounds of white truffles. That's $110,000/pound. Here, his wife, Angela Leong, holds a 3.3 pound white truffle.