Calcareous amendments to soils to eradicate Tuber brumale from T. melanosporum cultivations: a multivariate statistical approach

Mycorrhiza. 2009 Mar;19(3):159-165. doi: 10.1007/s00572-008-0224-z. Epub 2009 Jan 22.


Calcareous amendments are being used in Tuber melanosporum truffle plantations in attempts to eradicate Tuber brumale. However, there are no studies available which provide soil analysis and statistical data on this topic. We studied 77 soil samples to compare the values for carbonates, pH and total organic carbon in T. brumale truffières with the values for T. melanosporum truffières on contaminated farms and in natural areas. Statistical analyses indicate that the concentrations of active carbonate and total carbonate in the soil are significantly higher in T. brumale truffières than in T. melanosporum truffières, but that there are no significant differences in pH and total organic carbon. We conclude that liming would not suppress T. brumale ectomycorrhizas in contaminated T. melanosporum farms, and calcareous amendments do not therefore seem be a means of eradicating T. brumale in these farms.

MeSH terms

  • Ascomycota / drug effects*
  • Ascomycota / growth & development*
  • Calcium Carbonate / metabolism*
  • Food*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Organic Chemicals / analysis
  • Soil / analysis
  • Soil Microbiology*


  • Organic Chemicals
  • Soil
  • Calcium Carbonate