Tour Leader

Marcos Morcillo started to focus on mycorrhizas after graduating in Biology at the University of Barcelona (SPAIN) in 1995.
In 1998 he became director of Micología Forestal & Aplicada (MF&A at; a private research centre specializing in truffles.
His centre also specializes in technology transfer, involving leading licenced projects abroad in order to create production nurseries for truffle and saffron milk cap infected trees. MF&A’s nurseries, including Spain and those licensed in USA, New Zealand, Chile, Mexico and South Africa have collectively produced over half million truffle infected trees from 1989, thereby helping to establish and manage hundreds of truffle orchards in Europe and overseas.
In 2006 Marcos wrote the quality standards to certify truffle infected trees for the Government of Andalucia (Spain). Marcos has also published two books on truffle farming:
– Manual de truficultura Andaluza. 2007. Ed. Gypaetus y Consejería de MedioAmbiente. Junta de Andalucía. p. 176. ISBN 978-84-935194-3-8
– Truffle Farming Today, a Comprehensive World Guide. 2015. Ed. Micologia Forestal & Aplicada. 348pp. ISBN 978-84-617-1307-3


Tour Leader

Dr. Xavier Vilanova Sola studied biology and became doctor in microbiology in 2005. He is co-author of several scientific papers and communications on bacterial ecology published around the world. Xavier has also had different directive tasks for an 8 year period on public administration.
He now runs the research at Micologia Forestal & Apliacada, with one of the main topics focused on bacteria associated to T. melanosporum.
Xavier has his own truffle orchard of more than 4.000 trees inoculated with T. melanosporum and T. borchii.
He is co-author of the latest book on truffle farming: MORCILLO M, SANCHEZ M, VILANOVA X. (2015): Truffle Farming Today, a Comprehensive World Guide. Ed. Micologia Forestal & Aplicada. 348pp. ISBN 978-84-617-1307-3

Dr. Xavier Parladé, is a researcher at the IRTA on mycorrhizal mushroom and has developed new quantitative DNA tools to monitor truffle orchards.
He will speak about the latest research on genetics and mainly new findings on truffle life cycle, so we can understand the key points on sexual reproduction and how to use them in our plantations

Dr. Pedro Marco, is a researcher at Zaragoza University. His PhD has focused on post harvest truffle treatments, so he will make a two hours workshop about aromatic profiles and post harvest treatments.

The truffle develops underneath the ground and when we harvest it, it gets stressed, its metabolic activity is greater than that of any other plant species and therefore “depletes” before and “dies.” You´ll learn:
– Why is a truffle so interesting from a gastronomic point of view, we will know the aromatic profile.
– The different factors of truffle degradation, physical, meteorological, biological and physiological.
– Post-harvest technologies, how to apply them and how they affect the quality of the truffles.
– Workshop cleaning, disinfection, edible coating of Chitosan and packaging of truffle under controlled atmosphere.