We are happy these Christmas as we´ll be starting a new research project. This is the mycorrhization of pines with an specific Lactarius delicious strain who produces fruit bodies inside our nurseries, right on the pots!
This strain has been isolated by the team at IRTA and the project have been granted with a Torres Quevedo fund from the spanish Government for 3 years. Here a couple of pics of the mycelium growing on pure culture:
We are so happy as well because of this project a new member is joining our team full time: she is Herminia de la Varga, who comes from the Nancy lab at INRA, in France, and she will coordinate the Lactarius project plus our DNA lab.
If you want to check her latests papers and researches, check her profile at Researchgate.
You can download her PhD Thesis where she developed the firsts quantitative tools with DNA to monitor truffles, porcini and saffron milk cap mushrooms on soil:
Welcome Herminia and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Marcos S. Morcillo