Original Article

Mycological Progress

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 557-561

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A new white truffle species, Tuber panzhihuanense from China

  • Xiao Juan DengAffiliated withKey Laboratory of the Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of SciencesGraduate School of Chinese Academy Sciences
  • , Pei Gui LiuAffiliated withKey Laboratory of the Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • , Cheng Yi LiuAffiliated withPanzhihua Academy of Agriculture & Forestry
  • , Yun WangAffiliated withKey Laboratory of the Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of SciencesThe New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Ltd Email author 

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Tuber panzhihuanense White truffle Taxonomy Phylogenetic analysis