Just back from Chile, I would like to comment one of the most fascinating projects we have down there. Close to Temuco, in the south of Chile, 10 hectares of hazels have been planted in a research program, using several inoculation methods, from seedlings to direct inoculation in mature hazels.
Initial soil pH in the area is 5-5.5 and has been raised with around 9 tons of dolomite.
Rain in the area is 1157mm/year, with dry summers, so a dropping irrigation system has been placed out.
From here we would like to thanks to Nelson Navarrete, who is in charge of this program for all his enthusiasm. Fruit of this are the stunning pictures of the borchii mycorhiza you can see here:
You can see the puzzle mantle and the spinules of the Tuber borchii mycorhiza at the microscope.
It’s amazing how aggressive this bianchetto truffle could be, growing and competing with the native fungi in the soil…
All the best,
Marcos S. Morcillo