Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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Potential and limitations of Burgundy truffle cultivation

  • Ulrich StobbeEmail author
  • Simon Egli
  • Willy Tegel
  • Martina Peter
  • Ludger Sproll
  • Ulf Büntgen


Burgundy truffles (Tuber aestivum syn. Tuber uncinatum) are the highly prized fruit bodies of subterranean fungi always occurring in ectomycorrhizal symbiosis with host plants. Successful cultivation can be achieved through artificial mycorrhization and outplanting of mostly oaks and hazel on suitable terrain. Here, we review ecological requirements, the influence of environmental factors, and the importance of molecular techniques for a successful cultivation of T. aestivum across Europe. The historical background and current knowledge of T. aestivum cultivation are discussed in light of its socioeconomic relevance.


Truffle cultivation Tuber aestivum Burgundy truffle Ecological range Molecular methods 



This study was supported by the WSL internal DITREC project. We thank S. Fink for his help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Stobbe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Simon Egli
    • 3
  • Willy Tegel
    • 2
  • Martina Peter
    • 3
  • Ludger Sproll
    • 1
  • Ulf Büntgen
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Forest Botany and Tree PhysiologyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Forest Growth IWWUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Swiss Federal Research Institute WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  4. 4.Oeschger Centre for Climate Change ResearchBernSwitzerland

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