uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The Socioeconomic Impact of Truffle Cultivation in Rural Spain
Uppsala University, Music and Museums, Museum of Evolution.
Show others and affiliations
2008 (English)In: Economic Botany, ISSN 0013-0001, E-ISSN 1874-9364, Vol. 62, no 3, 331-340 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Socioeconomic Impact of Truffle Cultivation in Rural Spain. Commercial black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) plantations have been promoted in Europe with the intention of benefiting rural economies while conserving biodiversity through the expansion of oak woodlands. In this context, a socioeconomic study was conducted around the town of Sarrion in eastern Spain, where government subsidies have supported oak reforestation and truffle cultivation in unproductive hilly areas since 1987. Currently there are about 4,500 ha of truffle orchards in the surrounding county and 530 members in the local truffle association, which has provided a key forum for truffle cultivators to share technical, financial and administrative experiences. Structured interviews were carried out in 2002 with a number of orchard owners, as well as representatives of financial and governmental institutions. Truffles, which are harvested using trained dogs, typically fetch local cultivators average prices of 220-670 EUR/kg, although retail prices of high-quality specimens may reach twice this amount. In addition to the direct economic impact, an increase in local land prices was also documented, as well as a tendency for continued expansion of truffle orchards, and thus oak reforestation. In conclusion, the promotion of truffle cultivation through autonomous community and provincial government subsidies, in conjunction with support by local banks, a dedicated local truffle association, and growing interest on behalf of local farmers, seems to have achieved the mutual goals of biodiversity conservation and improving the rural economy in this region of Spain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 62, no 3, 331-340 p.
Keyword [en]
Tuber melanosporum, ethnomycology, ethnobotany, edible fungi, rural development, truffle
National Category
Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149299DOI: 10.1007/s12231-008-9030-yISI: 000261178000015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149299DiVA: diva2:404468
Available from: 2011-03-17 Created: 2011-03-17 Last updated: 2011-03-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text
By organisation
Museum of Evolution
In the same journal
Economic Botany
Biological Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 176 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link