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 production based on our knowledge of molecular techniques and genetic improvements. In addition, our experience in high-performance agronomic engineering enables us to obtain data from multiple parameters measured in the field, while tools such as Big Data can inform us of the improvements to implement at our clients' plantations.
Projects
OPTITRUF - 04/16/PA/0001
R&D project financed by the ICE of the Castilla y León government (Spain) through European Union FEDER funds, to optimise black truffle orchard management techniques through a 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 enables us 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 optimised peat-based substrate for truffle farming. Free from mycorrhizal fungal contaminants and pathogenic fungal species (with genetic certificate).
Bacterial inoculum for planting, "spanish wells" and nursery plant
Bacterial inoculum for planting, "Spanish wells" and nursery plants. 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 species in 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 of age and established orchard plants.

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. This includes issuing 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 mycorrhiza collection, and to evaluate plants affected by pests or diseases. Also, IDForest offers constant advice to clients with visits, permanent analyzes and unlimited technical consultations.

Tubera
IDForest is the official distributor of this mobile app, specially designed by Codesian Software-Tech for truffle orchard management. With this app, truffle farmers can optimise and increase their production.
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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