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Tuber Melanosporum Symbionts Plants

Tuber melanosporum can be found in hillside copses, where the trees are fairly far apart and are surrounded by vegetation-free areas called "pianelli" (also used in Italian to denote the strip of land between two rows of vines). 

It thrives on stony-calcareous (permeable) ground with a compact subsoil, which helps the development of the roots of the trees on the surface. This soil is generally packed with calcium carbonate and lacking in organic residues. 

Above-all it must contain no more than 40% of clay, as poor porosity would lead to asphyxia. Tree coverage must be no higher than 30%, and there must be little or no shrubland, and practically no grass at all. Light must penetrate well, providing good heating of the soil. 

Tuber melanosporum symbionts plants

  • Pubescent oak (Quercus pubescens)
  • Evergreen oak (Quercus ilex)
  • Turkey oak (Quercus cerris)
  • Large Leaved Lime (Tilia playphyllos)
  • Hazel tree (Corylus avellana)
  • European Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya carpinifolia)
  • Rockrose (Cistus spp.)