Survey of Macrofungi (including Truffles) in Qatar

  • Roda F. Al-Thani Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar
Keywords: Macrofungi, desert truffles, biodiversity, Qatar


Fourteen macrofungal genera belonging to 11 families and 7 orders were identified. These were isolated from different habitats (semi- desert, gardens, park, decayed roots of dead trees and under trees) in Qatar. Macrofungi are defined here as ascomycetes and basidiomycetes with large, conspicuous spore-bearing structures that form above or beneath ground. This study indicated that the distribution of macrofungi is dependent on the plant community and the environmental conditions.