interesting paper on early truffle orchard management

how to water a truffiere

last year was published a really interesting paper with some recommendations on truffle orchard management the first years, prior the fruiting stage.

I just upload the paper with the author’s permit at my dropbox account:

Weed management and irrigation are key treatments in emerging black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) cultivation

A. Olivera • C. R. Fischer • J. A. Bonet • J. Martınez de Aragon •D. Oliach • C. Colinas

The main results are:

– in order to improve tree survival, the weed control is better than to water or fertilize.

– use of glifosate (Round-up) at early spring gives better results than a shallow plough. Glifosate increases the rate of survival and at the same time, increases the level of truffle infection in the roots.

– Some water stress increases the roots/shoot ratio.

– To water half of potential evapotranspiration in the summer duplicates the level of truffle infection. This watering rate do not increases tree grouth.

– most truffle mycorhiza where found at 10-30cm deep in the soil. Almost no mycorhizas in the first 10cm.

hope you’ll find quite usefull.

All the best,

Marcos S. Morcillo


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CEO of Micofora. Truffles and edible wild mushroom science and farming. Researcher, truffle farmer & mycologist
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7 Responses to interesting paper on early truffle orchard management

  1. Judith Evenaar says:

    I really enjoy your posts Marcello ! The announcement of activities in the field of Truffle Cultivation are also great. Are you having a good time in Godollo? Wish you good harvests Thanks a lot! Judith (mushroom grower and owner Truffle Orchard Oranje Nassau’s Oord, Wageningen,The Netherlands)

    • Judith, what kind of truffles are you growing? is it uncinatum? please keep us informed as it would be great to have news about truffle farming in The Netherlands.

      • Judith Evenaar says:

        I have only several Tuber aestivum in my truffle orchard. I plan to start with Tuber borchii, because it is said it adapts more to the soil circumstances. I will keep you informed Marcos! Once I do a truffle hunt and find some truffles in the low lands I will also let you know!

  2. Thanks for your comments Judith!
    I’ll not be able to attend the truffle meeting at Hungary this weekend, as I just have to fly to Chile for a another project for a couple of weeks. It will be a pitty as Tuber uncinatum is the second cultivated truffle and it’s also a great chance to visit native truffieres in the area…
    all the best

  3. Marcos, your blog is filled with wonderful information! I would love to read the full study you reference here, but the dropbox link does not appear to be working. Could you repost?

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