Truffle-hunting in a tube

At CenGen we every so often deal with very unique and interesting samples. One such sample type is the sought after “culinary black diamond of the kitchen” – the Black Perigord Truffle, scientifically known as Tuber melanosporum. Each year we receive truffle samples from Woodford Truffles SA to validate the authenticity thereof before they are used to inoculate trees with.

This year we have received a record number of 1532 samples. CenGen staff members Debbie Snyman (left) and Lizaan Rademeyer (right) will be responsible for the mammoth task of testing these samples with DNA markers linking to the Tuber Melanosporum genotype. No “Truffler” dogs needed here!