Arctic Life/Arctic Fungi/Buried Treasure

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Do indigenous people hunt for buried treasure in the tundra?

Sure they do! Truffles (Tuberaceae) have long been a source of food and flavouring for the Inuit. Since they are so hard to find, they are very valuable. Truffles are formed underground and use animal vectors to transport their spores. As such, these fungi have very strong odours that attract animals to them. When going on a truffle hunt it's a good idea to bring along a dog; they are much better at sniffing out truffles than humans!