Mature-tree inoculation

Mature-tree inoculation trials based in central England

The tried-and-tested approach to truffle
cultivation involves planting saplings inoculate
d with the truffle fungus.
In the spring of 2007 we traile
d a new and innovative approach, by inoculating
dy established mature-trees.

The site

Truffles require an alkali soil but even acidic soils can be used with modification. However, for these mature-tree trials to be a success the site must already have alkali conditions since alteration could damage the established trees. The pH of our trial site has a range of 7.3-7.6.

The site contains 493 hazel trees (of several cultivars) arranged in rows, all of which were treated.

The treatment

493 trees on the trial site were treated with a technique we have
d over the past 7 years. Our major treatment phase was
the spring of 2007 an
d results were first taken 90 days after the initial

The results so far

Root samples taken prior to treatment showed no evidence of truffle-fungus
presence. 90
days after treatment we recorded truffle establishment
within 20% of samples. The secon
d phase of testing is underway and early indications show a 60-70% uptake.

These results are extremely encouraging, proving that other systems may be used to cultivate truffles. The predicted benefits include a shorter time to harvest and regular updates will be published here.

The first set of results were well received and data has now been published at a number of  international scientific


Contact us

If you have a site that you think may be suitable for such an approach, please contact us to discuss the various options.

Mature-tree inoculation

Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd. are currently seeking partners from a wide range of countries for the establishment of truffle plantations.

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We offer trees inoculated with either the Summer truffle (Tuber aestivum var. uncinatum) which is completely suited to the UK climate.

  • 01/26/2015 - 16:37

    During our 2015 Napa Truffle Festival, we ran a very successful fungi foray with mycologists David Campbell and Stephanie Jarvis.

    After recent rains the finds were incredibly varied with prized edibles including matsutake and elfin saddle-backs.

    The real star of the foray though, was a surprise find of a rare truffle species by Lolo and her expert handler Alana McGee.

    Around the base of a young Douglas fir a fruity-smelling truffle was unearthed.