In December’s issue of Fungi magazine, British Columbia truffle dogs were celebrated by BC Provincial Soil Scientist Dr. Shannon Berch:
Human interest in truffles is based on the very same feature that is so intimately involved with spore dispersal by animals – the heady, pungent odor of a ripe truffle. Mice, squirrels, armadillos, meerkats, deer, bears, baboons and wallabies all seek out truffles (Trappe and Claridge, 2010). Although many people believe that truffles in Europe are harvested with the assistance of pigs, in fact most truffles worldwide are harvested by trained dogs.
Excerpted with the generous permission of Britt Bunyard, FUNGI magazine.