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Scientific research on improving North American (NA) truffle production is very limited. Yet, there are some talented NA research and extension scientists that are very interested in supporting growth of the NA truffle industry by testing ways to improve truffle yields. The planning grant called “TRAPI: Truffle Research and Production Initiative” was awarded to University of Idaho in September 2022 with the support of numerous NATGA members.
Demand for agricultural land is a potent accelerating driver of global deforestation, presenting multiple interacting issues at different spatiotemporal scales. Here we show that inoculating the root system of tree planting stock with edible ectomycorrhizal fungi (EMF) can reduce the food-forestry land-use conflict, enabling appropriately managed forestry plantations to contribute to protein and calorie production and potentially increasing carbon sequestration.
Presentation made by Brian Allen for the Spore Amendments: Truffle Wells, Traps & Trenches – TRAPI webinar on February 20 2023
Presentation made by Ben Lemmond for the Spore Amendments: Truffle Wells, Traps & Trenches – TRAPI webinar on February 20 2023
Webinar recorded on 2/20/2023 under the TRAPI umbrella.
Life history of Tuber melanosporum.
Spore amendments and truffle mating types.
A grower’s perspective on spore amendments.
Can we breed truffles?
Truffle growers have a lot of ideas and information available on management practices necessary to produce truffles. Sometimes ideas conflict, it is not clear what level of a treatment is most effective, or you have an off-the-wall idea to try. We can test our ideas and decide which practices work best using basic experimental methods. This webinar reviews those methods and encourages the sharing of results to help us all learn. The discussion will include how to use controlled experiments to test approaches or ideas, i.e., your hypothesis, and consider different types of variables, experimental subjects, replication, controls, and how to decide if observed responses are meaningful. We will also consider some essentials that make it easy to document the justification, approach, and results of your test. Beyond these basic requirements, understanding basic experimental practices is essential to successfully host meaningful research conducted by truffle scientists.
Scott Oneto gives an update of local truffle research during the 2021 NATGA Fall Congress
Study on the impact of irrigation treatments on the association of black truffle presented by Becky Loverock at the NATGA Fall Congress 2021
[Public] A team of researchers are conducting a survey of the North American Truffle Industry.
NATGA sees this project as a way to assess the size of our industry, when and where we are productive, growing conditions that work (or don’t work).
We need this data to drive research priorities and funding; and eventually marketing strategies for the industry. In many ways, it is also the beginning of an economic impact study. We need this information before we engage government or private entities for research and marketing funding and assistance.