Black Truffle

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The objective of my presentation is to illustrate several researches on truffle life cycle and truffle cultivation  developed in France. I will briefly present our knowledge on the sexual reproduction of the black truffle and then I will highlight the main results of the national research program CulturTruf. In this project we have experimented with watering truffle beds by monitoring the soil water potential (SWP) and have shown that this improves truffle production. I will show how we have developed an innovation (pF Tracer) allowing truffle growers to equip themselves with probes to follow the pF. Finally, I will present our latest remarkable results on the culture of the white truffle Tuber magnatum.


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Dr. Claude Murat

Research Engineer

Dr. Murat is currently research engineer at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Nancy. Obtained a joint supervision PhD at the University of Nancy (France) and at the University of Turin (Italy) in 2004 defending a thesis on the truffle genetic diversity. He then spent four years at the University of Turin (2004-2008) with a post-doctoral fellowship working at a project focused on truffle phylogeny, evolution and barcoding.…

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