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Procedure for sending strains of wild morels for identification


Procedure for sending strains of wild morels for identification and possible cultivation (if the strain is "good").

(if the strain is "good" => in this case return of the prepared strain to the licensee).

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Why do we propose this procedure for sending wild morel strains to INRAe?

(INRA: National Institute for Agronomic and Environmental Research)

Historical review

  • The reign, on Earth, of fungi arrives before that of plants, about 1 billion years ago, according to paleontologist scientists.
  • Mushrooms have allowed the marine plants of the oceans to come out of the water by providing the elements necessary for the life of plants on earth.
  • The morel is said to have appeared on Earth 240 million years ago.
  • The same species of morels present in northern Europe can be present at the same time in southern Europe, for example.
  • But, in reality, this same species present in the 2 places, with different climates, has developed an adaptive character of its own.
  • According to this principle, the same species of morels present in France can develop a different adaptability depending on the geographical and climatic place in which it is located and particularly if it has had time for thousands of years to do this work of adaptation.
  • Following this principle, the researchers advise working with local morels (which had been unanimously mentioned by French researchers and Chinese researchers, as early as 2009).
  • Local morels will be better adapted to the local pedoclimatic conditions specific to each place in France or Europe.

What France Morilles did

  • After 9 years of effort, France Morilles has begun to build a collection of 100% French wild morel strains, from which selections of "mother" strains have been made.
  • In 2019, France Morilles introduced for the first time to its catalog of initial strains 6 new 100% French strains, which it currently offers to all of its professional licensees.
  • In 2020, for the new growing season (winter 2020 sowing and spring 2021 harvest), the second official year of life of these new strains begins.
  • Some are already a success in their first year of introduction to our licensees.
  • Others remain to be confirmed.
  • Others will be introduced in the future, depending on the return of wild morels to INRAe, representative of all French soils and their pedoclimatic particularities.


  • An adapted strain will thus give better cultivation results than a strain of the same species which comes from a different pedoclimatic region.

A bit of philosophy, civic-mindedness, and opportunity…

  • Your personal action to search for wild morels in the wild is vital.
  • Taking this step gives you more chances of success, of your personal success.
  • It is also to give more chances to the success of all the licensees of France Morilles mainly the farmers, particularly to those who practice small local agriculture, market gardening and horticulture.




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