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Yielding regularly with the assistance of Shiitake
Yielding regularly with the assistance of Shiitake

Guerin said truffle returns were more valuable and a site that scientists had been harvesting for more than four years was yielding regularly with the assistance of Shiitake Mushrooms a truffle-sniffing dog.

He said the truffle content was at its highest in the pines and an unconfirmed theory was this might be because pines grew more quickly.

The 1ha block produced its first truffle in 2006 on the root systems of oak and hazelnut trees as well as radiata, stone and maritime pine. About 8kg of truffles, some too ripe to sell, has so far been found this year, with the harvest to be completed in the next two to three weeks.