Monitoring of the Mycorrhizal status in plantations

For the truffle farmer it is very important to know how the truffle mycorrhizae are developing in the truffle orchards. This is especially important before the trees start producing truffles (young plantations, generally under 6-8 years old) or when the farmer wants to assess the efficacy of new management techniques. MicoLab can take root and soil samples from young or older plantations that will be cleaned, processed and analyzed in the lab.

By using this service the client will learn:

• If there is an adequate presence of Truffle mycorrhizae (Tuber melanosporum or Tuber aestivum/Tuber uncinatum) in young plantations or older plantations with yield problems.

• If there are other mycorrhizal fungi present and in which percentage. This can be of the utmost importance in the case of dangerous fungi like Tuber brumale or Trichophaea woolhopeia. Or when a high presence of contaminants can actively compete with the truffle fungus and colonize root tips instead of the latter. In this case they can prevent the truffle fungus from further development in the plantation.

• The colonization percentage of specific trees that may not be producing properly or have other characteristics that make the farmer want to have an idea of the amount of truffle fungus present in them.

• The positive or negative impact of implementing new management techniques in the truffle orchards (change of irrigation dose, ploughing system, fertilization, weed control, etc.).

Prior to engaging in any service, the client will be provided with a written budget describing the agreed services to be developed by MicoLab.

At the client’s request, MicoLab will provide the rates for any specific service.