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Title Desert truffles : phylogeny, physiology, distribution and domestication / Varda Kagan-Zur, Nurit Roth-Bejerano, Yaron Sitrit, Asunci⯮ Morte, editors.

Published Heidelberg : Springer, 2014.


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Physical description 1 online resource (ix, 397 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series Soil Biology, 1613-3382 ; volume 38
Soil biology ; v.38. 1613-3382
Contents Hypogeous desert fungi -- Nomenclatural history and Genealogies of Desert Truffles -- Cryptic and new species -- Soil Properties -- Types of Mycorrhizal Association -- Pre-symbiotic interactions between the desert truffle Terfezia boudieri and its host plant Helianthemum sessiliflorum -- Benefits conferred on plants -- Ecology and Distribution of Desert Truffles in Western North America -- The European desert truffles -- Mediterranean Basin: North Africa -- Asian Mediterranean Desert Truffles -- Non mediterranean Asian desert countries -- Ecology and Distribution of Desert Truffles in the Kalahari of southern Africa -- Ecology and Distribution of Desert Truffles in the Australian Outback -- The History of Desert-Truffle Use -- Enzymes in Terfezia claveryi ascocarps -- Nutritional and antioxidant properties of Terfezia and Picoa -- Nutritional and antioxidant Properties of the white desert truffle Tirmania nivea (Zubaidi). -- Preservation of Truffles -- The Medicinal Value of Desert Truffles -- Domestication: Preparation of mycorrhizal seedlings -- Preparation and maintenance of both man-planted and wild plots.
Notes Includes index.
Summary 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.
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 4, 2013).
Other author Kagan-Zur, Varda, editor of compilation.
Subject Truffles.
Desert plants.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Microbiology
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783642400964 (electronic bk.)
3642400965 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-642-40096-4