Variability and trends of black truffle production in Spain (1970-2017): Linkages to climate, host growth, and human factors

Black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) is a highly-appreciated fungus that grows below ground during several months, undergoing a series of morphogenetic stages before it is harvested in late autumn or winter. Black truffle production in Spain has been subject to important temporal variation in recent decades.

Edaphic and temporal patterns of Tuber melanosporum fruitbody traits and efect of localised peatbased amendment

In Tuber melanosporum cultivation, fruitbody traits are gaining relevance due to their increasing prominence on prices. We investigated the edaphic and temporal patterns of fruitbody traits and characterised the efect of trufe nests (localised peat-based amendment supplemented with T. melanosporum spores) on traits.

Certainties and uncertainties about the life cycle of the Périgord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum Vittad.)

Several aspects of the life cycle of the Périgord black truffle have been elucidated only recently, while others remain either controversial or unstudied. In this paper, we present a revised life cycle of this fungus and highlight key aspects that have yet to be addressed or require further understanding.