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Desert Truffles

Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution and Domestication

  • Varda Kagan-Zur
  • Nurit Roth-Bejerano
  • Yaron Sitrit
  • Asunción Morte

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriel Moreno, Pablo Alvarado, José Luis Manjón
      Pages 3-20
    3. Gábor M. Kovács, James M. Trappe
      Pages 21-37
    4. Juan-Julián Bordallo, Antonio Rodríguez
      Pages 39-53
  3. Conditions Favoring Mycorrhiza Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Eleonora Bonifacio, Asunción Morte
      Pages 57-67
    3. Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Alfonso Navarro-Ródenas, Almudena Gutiérrez
      Pages 69-80
    4. Yaron Sitrit, Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Varda Kagan-Zur, Tidhar Turgeman
      Pages 81-92
    5. Varda Kagan-Zur, Tidhar Turgeman, Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Asunción Morte, Yaron Sitrit
      Pages 93-104
  4. Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. James M. Trappe, Gábor M. Kovács, Nancy S. Weber
      Pages 107-120
    3. Gérard Chevalier
      Pages 121-141
    4. Lahsen Khabar
      Pages 143-158
    5. Varda Kagan-Zur, Mehmet Akyuz
      Pages 159-171
    6. Ali Ammarellou, Yun Wang, Gorbanali Nematzadeh, Mohammadali Tajick
      Pages 173-192
    7. James M. Trappe, Andrew W. Claridge, Varda Kagan-Zur
      Pages 193-202
    8. Andrew W. Claridge, James M. Trappe, David J. Paull
      Pages 203-214
  5. Fruit-Body Attributes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Elinoar Shavit
      Pages 217-241

About this book


Desert truffles are found in every known desert, irrespective of the habitat – cool or hot, loamy or acidic, sandy or heavy soil – the only common condition seems to be a limited supply of water. In contrast to ‘true’ truffles, desert truffles have evolved over time in different families, mainly within the order Pezizales. While in some arid areas, desert truffles have been traditionally used as food, in most regions interest has only recently been increasing, and truffles are now treasured for their nutritional value, as an income source and for research.

This volume gives a comprehensive overview of the phylogeny, biology, mycorrhizal association, and distribution of desert truffles, their use, biochemical and medicinal properties, as well as their domestication and cultivation.


Arid soils Fungi farming Mycorrhiza Terfezia

Editors and affiliations

  • Varda Kagan-Zur
    • 1
  • Nurit Roth-Bejerano
    • 2
  • Yaron Sitrit
    • 3
  • Asunción Morte
    • 4
  1. 1.Life Sciences DepartmentBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Life Sciences DepartmentBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Desert Truffles
  • Book Subtitle Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution and Domestication
  • Editors Varda Kagan-Zur
    Nurit Roth-Bejerano
    Yaron Sitrit
    Asunción Morte
  • Series Title Soil Biology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Soil Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-40095-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-52276-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-40096-4
  • Series ISSN 1613-3382
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-4831
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 397
  • Number of Illustrations 50 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Plant Breeding/Biotechnology
    Food Science
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From the reviews:

“This new book is very wide-ranging. … The editors are to be commended for bringing so many researchers together to produce such a wide-ranging and authoritative synthesis, which will surely be the key reference work in desert truffles, in the Mediterranean region particularly, for some decades.” (IMA Fungus, Vol. 4 (1), December, 2013)