The Puberulum Group Sensu Lato (Whitish Truffles)

  • Enrico Lancellotti
  • Mirco Iotti
  • Alessandra Zambonelli
  • Antonio Franceschini
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 47)


Tuber species in the Puberulum group sensu lato (s.l.) produce small and light-colored ascomata with alveolate-reticulated ascospores. Members of this group are commonly called “whitish truffles”. Puberulum group s.l. is the most widely distributed group, has the highest species richness within Tuber genus, and includes commercially valuable species which are becoming increasingly popular in the marketplace. This chapter aimed to investigate the phylogenetic relationships and the diversity within Puberulum group s.l. based on the recent findings and the screening of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) rDNA sequences available in GenBank database. We attempted to select an ITS reference sequence and, consequently, to assess the current extent of misidentified entries for each whitish truffle species. Further, we reported the geographical distribution and intraspecific variability of each member of the Puberulum group s.l. as well as the description of mycorrhizas formed by this group of fungi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Lancellotti
    • 1
  • Mirco Iotti
    • 2
  • Alessandra Zambonelli
    • 3
  • Antonio Franceschini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AgricultureUniversity of SassariSassariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Life, Health and Environmental SciencesUniversity of L’AquilaL’AquilaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural ScienceUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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