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The National Centre for the Study of Truffles

Indipendent since 2000, the National Centre for the Study of Truffles was founded, thanks to Giacomo Oddero, in 1996 as a branch of the Ente Turismo Alba Bra Langhe Roero. Its goal is to support the spread of knowledge of truffles as niche products, that play a highly strategic role in the development of food and wine tourism.

The National Centre is an association that involves the major administrative organizations of the provinces of Alessadria, Asti and Cuneo.
It aims at bringing together the leaders in the production of truffles, through the associations that best represent them, in order to define research, promotion and advertising policies. It collaborates with the most prestigious national research centres. Since 2000, the National Centre has conducted research in the field of Sensory analysis, in order to define the sensorial profiles of truffles and to train qualified judges.

The National Centre is also committed to conducting activities aimed at the protection of the truffle environment, increasingly threatened by anthropization and the progressive neglect of the surrounding areas. One the one hand, experts investigate the causes for such drastic decrease in the production of truffles; on the other, they experiment with new techinques of cultivation which may be able to increase production. With the local administrations, the Centre is preparing a plan for the protection of the truffle environment, which will also be included in the touristic itineraries.

Main activities

Definition of the aromatic profile of the Tuber magnatum Pico
Definition of the aromatic profile of the Tuber borchii, Tuber melanosporum
Panel test
Seminar on sensory analysis of traditional Piedmontese recipes with truffles
Certification of quality of Tuber magnatum Pico
Panel training (groups of judges): Alba, Asti, Murisengo; Mondovì, representatives of Città del Tartufo, Torino, San Giovanni d'Asso and Istria
Training of the Panel Leader group
Extraction of the natural aroma of Tuber magnatum
Collaboration with Verchamp project

Control of truffles and mycorrhizae inoculated plants
Control of suitability of truffle areas
Educational activities
Various events (fairs, world auction, etc.), conventions, seminars
Truffle related tourism (excursions in the natural truffière)
Technical consulting (Truffle Museum of San Giovanni d'Asso set up)
Publications: "L'Assaggio del Tartufo" 2000; A tavola con il tartufo 2006; Mitico tartufo 2004; Carta della Qualità del Tuber magnatum Pico Manual: "Alla scoperta del tartufo"

Partners

TRADERS ASSOCIATION
ASSOCIATION OF TRUFFLE HUNTERS OF ALBA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF CUNEO
MUNICIPALITY OF ACQUI TERME
MUNICIPALITY OF ALBA
MUNICIPALITY OF CEVA
MUNICIPALITY OF GRINZANE CAVOUR
MUNICIPALITY OF MONDOVI'
MUNICIPALITY OF MONTECHIARO D'ASTI
MUNICIPALITY OF MONTIGLIO
MUNICIPALITY OF RODDI
MUNICIPALITY OF MURISENGO
MUNICIPALITY OF SCAGNELLO
MUNICIPALITY OF VEZZA D'ALBA
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY OF ALTA LANGA
ENTE TURISMO ALBA BRA LANGHE ROERO
FONDAZIONE CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI ALESSANDRIA

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