Sandalwood oil

Sandalwood

Sandalwood, diminishing during the past century due to the demand of sandalwood oil

Sandalwood oil is one of the world’s most valuable essential oils, but increased demand has caused natural populations of sandalwood trees to diminish over the past century. Now, researchers have discovered the key genes that produce this popular oil, which could lead to its production through metabolic engineering. This is potentially great news for the future conservation of wild sandalwood trees around the world.

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