Mycelium quantification using molecular analyses
Molecular analyses are based on quantitative PCR. This technique is harmless to the plantation, and it is simple, as the truffle farmers can gather the necessary soil samples themselves. Once in the laboratory, the truffle is amplified for species identification and compared against a standard curve with known amounts of mycelium. Through an R & D we created curves benchmark for Q. ilex in truffieres of different ages, comparing productive and not productive trees.