news from the Oregon Truffle Festival

beetles that eat from black truffles

Just landed in Eugene, OR, to attend the Oregon truffle Festival, and waiting for the lectures to begin.

I’ll give 2 lectures, the first is titled “A spanish truffle story. How to plant 22.000 acres of truffle orchards in 10 years” and I’ll try to explain how my country, being one of the biggest truffle producers, with no popular truffle culture, become a huge truffle business country.

The second talk is more technical on truffle farming and I’ll show some success examples on black truffle farms, those who really get crops of 50-60kg of melano per hectare every year. I’ll try to upload these lectures on the cloud quite soon.

But as truffle orchards spread, so do some new pests .One  is this small beatle called Liodes, who literally drill every single truffle in some plantations, specially in november and december. It’s easier to see lots of these beatles in every hole when we dig the truffle up, then they fly to look for other buried truffles.

Some feromone traps has been developed, spaced each 64m² and they get to catch about 300 beatles in one month, prices are around 700€/ha, but they still need to be improved and on the meantime some plantations have to sell their truffles at half prices due to this pest.

All the best from Oregon,

Marcos Morcillo

About trufflefarming

CEO of Micofora. Truffles and edible wild mushroom science and farming. Researcher, truffle farmer & mycologist
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