Tecnological truffle farming
Truffle farming as a technology crop
 
 
Technology helps us grow truffles

Until just a few years ago, traditional techniques were still being used in trufficulture or the cultivation of truffles. However, we now know a lot more about truffle cultivation and the application of biotechnology is providing huge benefits. At IDForest, we believe that trufficulture is a technological form of cultivation that requires a laboratory to achieve the best results. Consequently, genetic analyses of the soil, truffle mycorrhiza analysis, the identification of contaminants, the use of technology platforms such as Tubera, the implementation of sensors in orchards and big data applications can all help to increase and permanently improve production. As we are familiar with all these improvements and appreciate their effect on the business idea, we have invested in our own orchards and applied all the technology, carrying out research projects and obtaining a large amount of information to help us improve. IDForest currently has 45 hectares of truffle orchards, which are always open to our clients to show them cultivation techniques, profitable technologies and results. At IDForest we believe that sharing information is always beneficial for all those concerned. That's why we share all our knowledge in technological trufficulture with our clients.

 
This is our work process
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Research
FOCUS
 
Research in the field of truffle farming is one of our best assets. Currently, the objective of IDForest is to increase the production based on our knowledge in molecular techniques and genetic improvement. In addition, our experience in high-performance agronomic engineering allows us to obtain data from multiple parameters measured in the field. This data allows tools such as Big Data to inform us of the improvements to install in our clients' plantations.
Projects
OPTITRUF - 04/16/PA/0001

R&D project financed by ICE of Castilla y León government (Spain) through European Union FEDER founds, for the optimization of black truffle orchards management techniques through the combination of agriculture 4.0 systems and applied biotechnology.

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Development
FOCUS
 
Research in the world of truffles has led us to extensively develop the most successful lines to date. To this end, IDForest has invested in setting up its own experimental orchards. Here we carry out all the developments required to determine whether a product or technique performs appropriately in producing truffles.
Proyects
Development of products based on microorganisms for truffle farming
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Innovation
FOCUS
 
After several successful developments, various products and services have been created which are now being scientifically tested in a series of arrays, both in the laboratory and also in truffle nurseries and orchards.
Products and services
Genetic analysis of nursery and adult plants mycorrhizas

Complementary analysis to the optical mycorrhization analysis, which allows to be sure of the presence of Tuber melanosporum and the absence of T. brumale, T. indicum and T. aestivum.

Peat-based substrate for truffle farming. Tuber Gold®​​​​​​​

Pindstrup, in collaboration with IDForest, has created Tuber Gold®, a tested and optimized peat-based substrate for truffle farming. Free of mycorrhizal fungal contaminants and pathogenic fungal species (with genetic certificate).

Bacterial inoculum for planting, "spanish wells" and nursery plant

The IDF206 Pseudomonas fluorescens strain is a Mycorrhizal Helper Bacteria (MHB) tested both in the laboratory and in the orchard. This strain can increase the mycorrhization by 20%.

Tuber melanosporum soil DNA detection and quantification service

The detection and quantification of Tuber melanosporum mycelium in soil, through amplification by qPCR, provides valuable information on the status of this fungus specie in the truffle orchards soils. This analysis is usually accompanied by an optical analysis of adult plants mycorrhizas

Quality certification of nursery and adult mycorrhized plants

Determination of the percentage of mycorrhization with Tuber melanosporum, with other species of the genus Tuber and with other contaminants; in nursery plants of 1 or 2 years old and in plants established in the orchard.

Physical-chemical analysis of soils and interpretation for Truffle farming

IDforest performs analysis of all soil parameters that are relevant to the development of Tuber melanosporum as a pre-planting step. It includes the issuance of a report with interpretation of the results and recommendations for possible soil improvements.

Technical visits and constant advice

Visits for the in situ study of new plantations requirements, soil samples and mycorrhizas collection, and for the evaluation of plants affected by pests or diseases.

Tubera

IDForest is the official distributor of this mobile App, specially designed by Codesian Software-Tech for truffle orchards management. With this App, the truffle farmer can optimize and increase the productions. 

Certified inoculum of Tuber melanosporum (optical and DNA certificate)

Tuberboost Well is made up only of the highest quality Tuber melanosporum spores for its application in nursery plants, new plantations and "spanish wells".

From research to product
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