, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 587–594 | Cite as

Truffle diversity (Tuber, Tuberaceae) in British Columbia

  • Shannon M. Berch
  • Gregory Bonito
Original Article


To improve baseline data for the developing truffle industry in British Columbia, we compiled existing Tuber species sequences from published and unpublished studies and generated new ITS sequences for truffles belonging to Tuber collected in the province. In doing so, we obtained evidence that 13 species of Tuber occur in the province, including six introduced and seven native species, two of which are putative undescribed species. Of the native species, the Tuber anniae species complex is widely distributed in the province while Tuber beyerlei appears to be much more restricted in distribution. Four of the introduced species have commercial value (Tuber melanosporum, Tuber aestivum, Tuber brumale, and Tuber borchii) as do two of the native species (Tuber gibbosum and Tuber oregonense). Focused sampling on likely tree hosts, both hardwood and Pinaceae species, as well as in currently unexplored parts of the province seems likely to expand our knowledge of the diversity and distribution of Tuber species in British Columbia.


Tuber Tuberaceae British Columbia Distribution Diversity Truffles 



We appreciate the contributions made by Paul de la Bastide and Alexandra Netter-Glangeaud of MycoLogic Inc. for sequencing Tuber collections for this paper. Many colleagues provided sequences generated by their own research or collections of Tuber truffles for sequencing: Melanie Jones, Dan Durall, Valerie Ward, and Brian Pickles, University of British Columbia Okanagan; Brendan Tweig, University of California; Marty Kranabetter and Bill Chapman, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources; Martin Hartmann, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL; Kirsten Kilde, Keith Egger, Linda Tackaberry, and Hugues Massicotte, University of Northern British Columbia. Sharmin Gamiet of Abbotsford clarified the origin of UBC21620. Brooke Fochuk and her trained truffle dog Dexter of Coquitlam provided many truffles for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.British Columbia Ministry of EnvironmentVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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