French worker dog Nellick sniffs fungus to stop rot

Nellick has been trained to sniff out mérule fungus

A family pet has been trained to sniff out an invasive fungus capable of causing serious damage to properties.

Swiss shepherd Nellick goes out most days with owner Mickäel Godet and the team at an insulation firm to check homes for the mérule fungus, which has historically been a problem in Brittany, Normandy and around Paris.

Mr Godet said the fungus grows in damp conditions and can spread rapidly, even after the damp has dried up.

“It doesn’t just attack wood, but also walls, getting into masonry and mortar,” he ...

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