Desert Truffles

Phylogeny, Physiology, Distribution and Domestication

  • Varda Kagan-Zur
  • Nurit Roth-Bejerano
  • Yaron Sitrit
  • Asunción Morte

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gabriel Moreno, Pablo Alvarado, José Luis Manjón
      Pages 3-20
    3. Gábor M. Kovács, James M. Trappe
      Pages 21-37
    4. Juan-Julián Bordallo, Antonio Rodríguez
      Pages 39-53
  3. Conditions Favoring Mycorrhiza Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Eleonora Bonifacio, Asunción Morte
      Pages 57-67
    3. Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Alfonso Navarro-Ródenas, Almudena Gutiérrez
      Pages 69-80
    4. Yaron Sitrit, Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Varda Kagan-Zur, Tidhar Turgeman
      Pages 81-92
    5. Varda Kagan-Zur, Tidhar Turgeman, Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Asunción Morte, Yaron Sitrit
      Pages 93-104
  4. Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. James M. Trappe, Gábor M. Kovács, Nancy S. Weber
      Pages 107-120
    3. Gérard Chevalier
      Pages 121-141
    4. Lahsen Khabar
      Pages 143-158
    5. Varda Kagan-Zur, Mehmet Akyuz
      Pages 159-171
    6. Ali Ammarellou, Yun Wang, Gorbanali Nematzadeh, Mohammadali Tajick
      Pages 173-192
    7. James M. Trappe, Andrew W. Claridge, Varda Kagan-Zur
      Pages 193-202
    8. Andrew W. Claridge, James M. Trappe, David J. Paull
      Pages 203-214
  5. Fruit-Body Attributes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Elinoar Shavit
      Pages 217-241
    3. Manuela Pérez-Gilabert, Francisco García-Carmona, Asunción Morte
      Pages 243-260
    4. Magdalena Martínez-Tomé, Luana Maggi, Antonia María Jiménez-Monreal, María Antonia Murcia, Josep Antoni Tur Marí
      Pages 261-273
    5. María Antonia Murcia, Luana Maggi, Ghulam Hussain, Antonia María Jiménez-Monreal, Magdalena Martínez-Tomé, Ibrahim M. Alruqaie
      Pages 299-321
    6. Elinoar Shavit, Efrat Shavit
      Pages 323-340
  6. Cultivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Asunción Morte, Alberto Andrino
      Pages 343-365
    3. Mario Honrubia, Alberto Andrino, Asunción Morte
      Pages 367-387
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 389-397

About this book


Desert truffles are found in every known desert, irrespective of the habitat – cool or hot, loamy or acidic, sandy or heavy soil – the only common condition seems to be a limited supply of water. In contrast to ‘true’ truffles, desert truffles have evolved over time in different families, mainly within the order Pezizales. While in some arid areas, desert truffles have been traditionally used as food, in most regions interest has only recently been increasing, and truffles are now treasured for their nutritional value, as an income source and for research.

This volume gives a comprehensive overview of the phylogeny, biology, mycorrhizal association, and distribution of desert truffles, their use, biochemical and medicinal properties, as well as their domestication and cultivation.


Arid soils Fungi farming Mycorrhiza Terfezia

Editors and affiliations

  • Varda Kagan-Zur
    • 1
  • Nurit Roth-Bejerano
    • 2
  • Yaron Sitrit
    • 3
  • Asunción Morte
    • 4
  1. 1.Life Sciences DepartmentBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Life Sciences DepartmentBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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