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Sustainable Cultivation of Truffles in Rural Regions of Finland

Shamekh, Salem (2017) Sustainable Cultivation of Truffles in Rural Regions of Finland. In: Aakkula, Jyrki; Hakala, Kaija; Huhta, Harri; Iivonen, Sari; Jurvanen, Ulla; Kreismane, Dzidra; Land, Anita; Lähdesmäki, Merja; Malingen, Matti; Mikkola, Minna; Nordlund-Othen, Janne; Nuutila, Jaakko; Peetsmann, Elen; Piskonen, Sirpa; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Skulskis, Virgilijus; Tahvonen, Raija; Taskinen, Sirpa; Ullvén, Karin; Wibe, Atle and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) NJF Seminar 495 - 4th organic Conference: Organics for tomorrow's food systems, 19 - 21 June 2017, Mikkeli, Finland, 13 (1), NJF Report, pp. 122-123.

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Truffles are rarely found in Finland, in spite of recent breakthroughs. In 2006, we initiated an effort to explore the possibility, and feasibility of truffle cultivation in Finland. This effort started by establishing the first truffle orchard in Juva. By 2016, we planted roughly 10 000 tree seedlings in 33 orchards. The results of our work indicated that even a boreal Finnish area is suitable for the sustainable organic production of truffles, and it appears that Tuber aestivum is a promising truffle species for future truffle orchards in northern conditions. Our results also show that restrictions caused by the Finnish winter climate and low soil temperatures can be overcome with proper soil and winter protection management. In conclusion, the selection of proper tree species and provenances is needed to obtain positive results from cultivating truffles in Finland as a future, sustainable and organic crop for the benefit of rural Finnish areas economic and activity.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2017: NJF Seminar 495 - Organics for tomorrow's food systems > 3. Organics in our societies
Deposited By: Tikkanen-Kaukanen, AdjProf Carina
ID Code:31475
Deposited On:19 Jun 2017 09:18
Last Modified:19 Jun 2017 09:18
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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