Truffles are an expensive mushroom due to their distinctive taste and aroma. In Australia, the truffle industry relies on one species, which has a limited three-month season. The aim of this project is to assess two new truffle species for Australian conditions, including inoculation and cultivation techniques, environmental conditions (e.g., climate, growing medium, water), and suitable host trees (e.g., Pinus species).
Different host trees will also be assessed for suitability on Western Australian truffle farms in different climatic conditions.
Successful introduction and cultivation will reduce the risk associated with a single species and increase the value of the Australian truffle industry.