Dogs sniff out Oregon truffles


Attendees of the Eugene Truffle Festival can learn how to train their dogs to find Oregon white truffles as a more sustainable harvest method.

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Attendees of the Eugene Truffle Festival can learn how to train their dogs to find Oregon white truffles as a more sustainable harvest method.

The species native to the Pacific Northwest is usually harvested using rakes, a process that churns up the soil around trees until the precious nuggets are revealed and plucked. This is bad, says mycologist Charles Lefevre.

“The rakes are causing harm and destroying the reputation of the Oregon truffles,” he says. “That’s really a tragedy, and that’s the reason to use dogs, because dogs only find ripe truffles with an aroma.”

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