Soil test for competing fungi

Soil to be used for truffle farming may already have other truffle forming fungi of no economic importance, which can compete against the truffle fungus that a farmer wants to cultivate. Some indegenous truffles can be detrimental to the farming enterprise.

Therefore, before a farmer invests in inoculated seedlings and extensive site preparation, it is critical that the soil is tested to determine the presence or absence of indegenous fungi in the tuber family and other mycorrizal fungi.

 

Truffles in the News

60 Minutes Segment on French Perigord Black Truffles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUVcxa-wGcE

NC State University Specialty Crops Program

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/specialty_crops/projects.htm