Firm introduces truffles on trees

A company at Four Oaks was selling young hazel and oak trees impregnated with fungi, with the aim to produce truffles, which command high prices among chefs.

Derbyshire based Mycorrhizal Systems inoculates tree species Quercus robur Award of Garden Merit (AGM), Quercus ilex AGM and Corylus avellana with the summer truffle, Tuber aesti­vum var. uncinatum, and with the black winter truffle, Tuber melanosporum.

A representative said: “If you established a plantation with around 1,600 trees/ha you could see a return of up to £69,000/ha per year once it reached maturity.”

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