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The Scientific Approach
There has been an application of improving science to truffle inoculation and much of this has been led among others by our science partners Micologia Forestal y Aplicada (MF&A). Their rigorous scientific approach to inoculation and plantation husbandry has shown tremendous results. MF&A trees planted since 1989 have produced yields regularly in excess of 50kg p/hectare even without irrigation. As of 2012 there were examples of 200kg per hectare MF&A supplied plantations. In 2013 a 330 tree single hectare plantation of MF&A supplied trees had a crop of 378kg.
MF&A have advanced the science of inoculation and husbandry substantially since these examples were planted. All observed plantations supplied with MF&A trees in the last 10 years have seen first truffle yield in Year 6 for example and some as early as Year 4. MF&A are undoubtedly the World’s best truffle science team and particularly in regard to the perigord truffle. Achievements include:
- Nearly 400,000 trees inoculated since 1989**
- Leading scientific publications in key areas of truffle science & husbandry
- Plantations supplied in 4 continents & 16 countries; ground breaking plantation successes
- MF&A have been pioneering and testing – planting, husbandry, monitoring & control methods globally for over 20 years, from watering, to depth, to density.
Truffle Spore under microscope
The Long Term Shortened
Subject to historical limits of plantation management and knowledge of the life-cycle of truffles, plantations have delivered typical first crops between 9 and 15 years after initial tree planting. Thanks to advances in recent years, including leading work by our partners, we are now realising first crop from year 5 and on remarkably small trees.
from this tree
78g of truffles harvested from a 5 year old trees at Batea Plantation Friday 14 February 2014
We develop Truffle Farms with the World’s best Truffle Science Company
WE PLANT THEM IN THE WORLD’S BEST TRUFFLE GROWING SOIL IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
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