Science of Canine Truffle Scent Location and Practical Implementation
presented by Alana McGee, CPDT-KA
Don’t miss this chance to learn from a professional. Alana McGee will presenting at the Napa Truffle Festival January 17, 2014.
As a founder and representative of the Truffle Dog Company, Alana’s expertise is canine scent detection training specifically aimed at the domestic truffle industry, as well as harvesting services for truffle orchards and tree farms. She is the owner and operator of Toil & Truffle, a Pacific Northwest based service, and has worked with and trained some of the only professional harvesters in the United States. In March of 2013 Alana and her dogs found the first ever cultivated Tuber melanosporum in Canada. Alana presented their find, along with other novel developments on the indigenous North American truffle front at the recent International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms in Guatemala in August.
She began teaching online classes in May 2013 and in August 2013, the Truffle Dog Company was born. Together with her business partner, Kristin Rosenbach, the Truffle Dog Company is shaping the field of recreational and professional truffle hunting. During the winter months you can find Alana and Kristin out in the woods harvesting native black and white truffles as well as searching for Tuber melanosporum and other cultivated species in orchards along the West Coast.