Elemental analysis of summer truffles Tuber aestivum from Germany

  • M. RossbachEmail author
  • C. Stieghorst
  • H. Polkowska-Motrenko
  • E. Chajduk
  • Z. Samczyński
  • M. Pyszynska
  • I. Zuba
  • D. Honstraß
  • S. Schmidt


In an attempt to characterize inorganic constituents in Tuber aestivum, the summer truffle, samples from four different German states were collected by the “hypogea research group” for analytical investigations. Forty three elements in truffles, peridium and gleba were determined by three independent analytical techniques, PGAA, INAA and ICP-MS. PCA analysis of a set of data revealed a clear distinction of the different sampling sites. Results are discussed in view of the functional role of mycorrhizal fungi towards their host trees and the homeostatic control properties of the fungi.


Tuber aestivum Major and trace elements PCR and provenance analysis Nuclear analytical techniques 



This work was carried out without any institutional support, scientific cooperation was based on good will and friendly assistance. However, we thank all supporters, known and unknown that have made this work possible. Many thanks to Robert Neagu, who helped in preparing the data for PCA analysis. Without the help of Sammy, Jette, Jule, Milli, and Loki, the dogs that located the truffles, this work could not be materialized at all.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KreuzauGermany
  2. 2.Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and TechnologyWarsawPoland
  4. 4.SalzgitterGermany
  5. 5.HannoverGermany

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