Photo courtesy of Shannon Berch: Pèrigord black truffle

The Truffle Association of BC in collaboration with UBC Farm is establishing a research site to study the potential of cultivating Mediterranean truffles in BC. The project, led by Ministry of Environment research scientist Shannon Berch, will explore the success of cultivating Pèrigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) using English oak (Quercus robur) as the host tree.

The truffière, measuring 121′ x 64′, will provide information pertinent to the development of Best Management Practices for use in establishing a commercial truffle industry in BC. Conducting the research at UBC Farm, with funding from the Investment Agriculture Fund, helps alleviate some of the risks and costs associated with such research and development so that future producers have resources and experience to draw on which will contribute to the success of this niche industry.

Check out Shannon Berch’s presentation Mediterranean truffle orchards in BC

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