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Jim Trappe

Jim Trappe
Jim Trappe
Truffle Growers' Forum Speaker

Jim encountered a wild truffle for the first time while conducting research on mycorrhizae for his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Washington in the late 1950’s. He became an instant truffle addict and has devoted much of his research to truffle ecology and taxonomy ever since. He spent a year on truffle studies in Italy while on sabbatical in 1967 and since has collected truffles on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. After his Ph.D. he worked as a forest mycologist for the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, first in eastern Oregon, then Portland, and finally at the Forestry Sciences Laboratory at Corvallis. After early retirement in 1986, Jim was appointed Research Professor at Oregon State Unversity, College of Forestry. He retired from that position in 1996, and since has been a consultant and free-lance researcher. Since 1999, Jim has spent 4 to 5 months per year in Australia on truffle taxonomy and ecology research for the Australian government. He estimates Australia has the world’s greatest diversity of native truffles of all the continents, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 species. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 scientific papers 3 books, and with his students and colleagues has described and named a new order of truffles, two new families, 40 new genera, and 140 new species.

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