Noel Fitzpatrick –
I’d like to introduce you to our Trufflegrowing.com international collaborators, Professor Alessandra Zambonelli, Christine Fischer, Marcos Morcillo and Ian Hall.
Their extraordinary input to our learnings will be invaluable. As mycologists, researchers, authors and growers, individually and collectively, Alessandra, Christine, Marcos and Ian, possess a wealth of knowledge on truffle cultivation.
Listen each month, to my discussions with one of these international experts as we unravel their latest research and findings. This is available as a regular podcast, to our ‘Truffle Tribe” subscribers.
Benefit from the latest data as we reveal new insights into the life cycle of truffles, cultivation techniques and truffle growing.
I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with each of our collaborators in various locations around the globe; at congress, workshops, conferences, on tours, farm visits and of course, truffle dinners.
As luminaries in their field, I hold them in high esteem and am pleased to offer you the opportunity to tap into their wealth of knowledge.
Professor Alessandra Zambonelli
Alessandra Zambonelli is full professor in Botany at the Bologna University (Italy).
Alessandra has been working on truffle biology and cultivation since 1992, and was a member of the Tuber genome consortium established in 2005, for genome sequencing of the Tuber melanosporum and participates at the project 1kFG: Deep Sequencing of Ecologically relevant Dikaria.
Christine Fischer is a specialist in mycorrhizal fungi, with a special focus on the Black Truffle.
During the past 20 years she has worked with a team of researchers on the ecology and cultivation of Black Truffles in Spain at the Forest Science Center of Catalonia, where she leads a program for the certification of truffle seedlings. She has participated in numerous international meetings and workshops to share and promote the principles for the cultivation of truffles in Europe, the USA, and Australia.
Her appreciation for how truffles and mushrooms offer a unique opportunity to examine symbiotic relationships found in nature has inspired her to design Truffle and Mushroom Tours in rural communities of Spain. These events offer explorations of culture, ecology and gastronomy for small groups of adventurers, meeting with truffle hunters and growers, nurserymen, truffle dogs, scientists and culinary artists. She draws on her many years of outdoor adventures, travel and teaching in designing these celebratory trips.
Marcos Morcillo began to focus on mycorrhizas after graduating in Biology at the University of Barcelona (SPAIN) in 1994. His main study area was to develop new techniques to inoculate truffles and other edible mycorrhizal mushrooms (Lactarius delicosus and Boletus edulis) directly onto mature trees.
This process was named as Mycoforest Technology ®.
Ian R Hall
Ian R. Hall, can be attributed to beginning the southern hemisphere truffle industry.
In 1979, while attending a conference in Colorado, Ian learned that the first ‘cultivated’ truffles had been produced in France. Soon after, he developed the idea of cultivating truffles in New Zealand, with a plan to supply the Northern Hemisphere off-season markets.