Scientific research department: everyone’s duty
From the moment the idea of Truffleland first appeared, we felt it our precise duty to develop our scientific research. A priceless heritage of knowledge, which must be handed down, but which also needs to be developed. Beware of those who promise and talk of cultivated plants of Tuber Magnatum Pico: they do not exist. No-one has ever been able to reproduce this miracle of the earth, the white truffle, the rarest, most precious and also the most elusive. They continue to tell us everywhere that it’s impossible. However, at Truffleland we love a challenge and consider it exciting. It urges us to do our daily work well and continually improve, because behind it, we see the light of hope to discover as yet unexplored environments. Whatever the future results may be, we will be able to say we have created a specific research laboratory to:
- Reproduce the Tuber Magnatum Pico species;
- Implement the techniques to cultivate the species already present;
- Create and ensure a truffle “genome bank” so it can never completely die out;
- Cultivate a dual-purpose hazel to produce its fruits and truffles;
- Create new mycorrhized plant production techniques, which work on the genotypic association between the plant and the symbiotic fungus, in order to be able to decisively increase production and yield per Ha.
- Above all we will be able to say we tried.
Every day, the research funded by Truffleland is providing important tools to resolve the problems linked to the aspects of identification and certification of production, to the biology of the hypogeous fungus and its unique characterisation using synergic studies: biomolecular, botanical, microbiological, forestry and geopedological. Good luck to the daring!