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Desert Truffles of the Australian Outback: Ecology, Ethnomycology, and Taxonomy

Trappe, J.M.; Claridge, A; Claridge, Debbie; Liddle, Lynette


The Aborigines of central Australia have traditionally used desert truffles as food. Truffle hunting in the desert requires substantial ecological knowledge, as truffles occur sporadically and only with adequate and properly distributed rainfall as well as the presence of necessary soil conditions and mycorrhizal hosts. Truffles are hunted primarily by women, who look for cracks or humps in the soil caused by expansion of the truffles, which are then extracted with digging sticks. The truffles...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic Botany
DOI: 10.1007/s12231-008-9041-8


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