Black Truffle
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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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New World Truffieres

Supplying inoculated seedlings and professional assistance to North American truffle farmers. Please feel free to contact New World Truffieres or Dr. Lefevre for information on truffle cultivation in your area or to purchase inoculated trees.

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Scott Onetto

Farm Advisor

Scott Oneto has been a farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension for the past 22 years.

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Michael Riggan

Elora and Michael hunt primarily in North Carolina and Virginia but have gone as far as Texas and upstate New York. Elora is proficient in hunting perigord, bianchetto, pecan truffles, Appalachian truffles, burgundy truffles, and has trained on Oregon black and white truffles.

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Dwayne Tate

Regional Agronomist

Dwayne has been an Agronomist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture for last 10 years and prior that has worked with the North Carolina University Soil Science Department for 25 years.

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The Truffle Hunters

Professional team that hunt and successfully harvest orchard planted truffles as well as wild, native truffles since 2010.

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Truffle Dog Company

Truffle Dog Company is a global source for online truffle dog training, native truffle sales, harvesting services for orchards, consultation services and in person training for professional and recreational truffle dog teams.

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Petra Vasilik

RVT, VTS (IM-Cardiology), CCMT, CSCC

Petra, owner, handler and trainer of her two truffle dogs, travels within a 3-4 hour radius of Cary, NC.  Both of her dogs (see bio) are successful and reliable at locating Perigord (T.melanosporum), black summer truffle (T.aestivum), and the indigenous pecan truffle (T.lyonii) and Blue Ridge truffle (I.gigantea).  Petra’s main goal is for her dogs to always have fun and have a successful hunt.

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Rytas Vilgaly


Rytas Vilgaly’s lab group at Duke University uses molecular approaches to study natural history of fungi. He was one of the first to apply PCR-based methods for studying fungal systematics and was one of the lead investigators associated with the Fungal Tree of Life project which elucidated the evolutionary history of the Kingdom Fungi. Current research uses molecular approaches to study fungal diversity and function in forest environments.…

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