, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 557-561
Date: 09 Oct 2012

A new white truffle species, Tuber panzhihuanense from China


A new white Tuber species, T. panzhihuanense, is described based on collections from Sichuan and Yunnan, China. This is one of 10 new white truffle species, which were discovered in 2010 and 2011. Morphological and molecular analysis shows that T. panzhihuanense is clearly different from any other taxon in the genus of Tuber. It grows in mycorrhizal association with trees of Pinus yunnanensis in limestone soils. It has a pleasant aroma and is good edible. This is the first white truffle species discovered in China that has commercial potential.