In Lower Saxony, Germany, I study the distribution of Tuber aestivum, an essential edible fungus commonly known as the summer truffle. The research project aims to identify the distribution factors that influence the growth and distribution of Tuber aestivum Vitt. (syn Tuber uncinatum Chatin.), Including geology, soil, vegetation and host plants, climate, pH, soil type, topography, and other environmental factors.
The study will involve a comprehensive literature review to identify existing research on Tuber aestivum distribution factors and research gaps that must be addressed. Next, I will design a sampling strategy to collect data on the distribution of Tuber aestivum in Lower Saxony. This may involve identifying potential truffle cultivation sites or wild areas based on soil and vegetation characteristics and selecting a representative sample of locations within the target area.
Data collection methods will include soil sampling and analysis, vegetation surveys, truffle harvesting, and environmental monitoring to record climate data such as temperature and precipitation.
Then I will conduct data analysis using a combination of descriptive and inferential statistics, spatial analysis, and modeling approaches to identify relationships between environmental factors and Tuber aestivum distribution. If possible, I was followed by a species distribution model for Lower Saxony, Germany, and Central Europe.
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