Navigation Links
Frankincense is for life, not just for Christmas
Date:12/10/2012

At this time of year it is hard to escape the Three Wise Men, riding their camels across Christmas cards and appearing in minature form in countless school nativity plays across the world, bearing their gifts for the infant Jesus. Whilst we are all familiar with gold (especialliy in this Olympic year), it is the mention of frankincense and myrrh that really says "Christmas" to us and and takes our imaginations back to ancient times. But you might be surprised to learn that these two fragrances are still big business today; for example, Ethiopia alone trades around 4000 tonnes of frankincense every year. This is all the more remarkable because a single tree from which the resin is harvested will typically yield about 200g per year. The main international trade comes from a tree called Boswellia papyrifera, and Ethiopia is the main exporting country.

Frankincense is harvested by wounding the bark of trees and collecting the resin that is subsequently released from the wound, a process known as tapping. Tapping is carried out at several spots along the stem, using a traditional type of tool that resembles a chisel. The procedure is repeated in 8 tapping rounds during the dry season, which lasts about 8 months. But high demand means that many trees are being over-exploited and populations are at risk of dying out, threatening the livelihoods of villagers who depend on them.

But help may be on hand as the results of a new study by botanists from Ethiopia and the Netherlands led by Motuma Tolera, which could secure a future for the trees by revealing the anatomy of the resin secretory system.

Motuma Tolera explains, "In some areas, the high demand for frankincense is causing over-tapping, which is bad for a couple of reasons. Tapping the tree creates wounds in the stem that take resources to be healed, and more wounds create more opportunities for insects to attack the tree. It's not a surprise that some trees die. This is ba
'/>"/>

Contact: Annals of Botany
ANNALSBOTANY@le.ac.uk
44-011-625-23396
Oxford University Press
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Elk bones tell stories of life, death, and habitat use at Yellowstone National Park
2. Exercise boosts satisfaction with life, researchers find
3. First evidence of fish sensing geomagnetic fields from a Czech Christmas market
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/21/2014)... A study recently published in the journal ... shows a new role for the protein adenomatous polyposis ... cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. , Lead ... Molecular Biosciences and co-leader of the Cancer Biology program ... part of her career trying to understand the various ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... pancreatitis involves the pancreas digesting itself resulting in severe ... the UK around 20,000 patients are diagnosed with the ... cure and treatment is restricted to intravenous fluid and ... Faculty of Life Sciences, who led the research, said ... from gall stones and excessive alcohol intake combined with ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... , Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ -  Issue ... and can quickly become life threatening for some children.    ... as 1.2 million Canadians have food allergies and this number ... cent of children are estimated to have food allergies.  ... mild skin irritations and hives to breathing difficulties and loss ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Research offers insight into cellular biology of colorectal cancer 2Research offers insight into cellular biology of colorectal cancer 3Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis 2Information Update - Allergens and food safety at school - What's in your child's lunch? 2Information Update - Allergens and food safety at school - What's in your child's lunch? 3
... Network(R) Video Reports , , ... , April 27 The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the ... Richard I. Fine who has never been charged with ... in L.A. County Central Men,s jail for over a year.  Fine attempted to ...
... 2010 Dominio Amigo S.A.S , a .CO,accredited domain name registrar, ... , , ... , CEO, Dominio Amigo S.A.S , commented, "Domainmonster was a,simple choice for ... gTLD launches, securing the very best Internet real estate,for their customers." "With a ...
... NEW BERN, N.C. , April 27 A hurricane ... your business, information, because you really haven,t thought about it until now. ... Atlantic region, now,s the time to update your document storage plans so ... , , ...
Cached Biology News:U.S. Supreme Court Allows 'Coercive Confinement' to Continue in Attorney's Civil Contempt Case 2U.S. Supreme Court Allows 'Coercive Confinement' to Continue in Attorney's Civil Contempt Case 3Dominio Amigo Announce Domainmonster as .CO Technical Partner 2Dominio Amigo Announce Domainmonster as .CO Technical Partner 3Hurricane-Proof Your Information 2
(Date:8/20/2014)... Mass. , Aug. 20, 2014  Decision Resources Group finds ... , Russia , India ... $1.6 billion in 2013, roughly equal to the size of ... however, the BRIC market will experience much faster growth as a ... aging population. Other key findings from Decision Resources Group,s ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 2014 The 6th Annual Arrowhead ... on October 29-30 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s ... government researchers and clinicians focused on addressing and solving ... In the twelve years since the sequencing of the ... introduced with pharmacogenetic information in the label and molecular ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A case study ... between the school,s bioengineering department and the Intel® ... Intel® Software Academic Program, UCSD,s research focuses on ... human body.  Photo - ... the work of Dr. Todd P. Coleman ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... NJ (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 WriteResult®, ... announced today that it has expanded its myPROpad™ ePRO ... the EQ-5D-5L, one of the most widely used ... measuring general health status. The EQ-5D is used during ... generate a measure that can be used to demonstrate ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BRIC Vascular Access Device Market Valued at $1.6 Billion in 2013, Similar to the U.S. Market 2BRIC Vascular Access Device Market Valued at $1.6 Billion in 2013, Similar to the U.S. Market 36th Annual Personalized and Precision Medicine Conference Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Discuss Clinical Implementation, Dx Reimbursement, Big Data, and Sequencing 2Intel and University of San Diego Bioengineering Department Release Case Study on Health Sciences Research 2EQ-5D™ Assessment Now Available for iPad 2
... AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 6 MicroDose Technologies, ... have entered into a collaboration to investigate the ... generation electronic dry powder inhaler (DPI). Under ... the development of prototypes based upon MicroDose,s inhaler ...
... leader in providing automated, molecular testing solutions, announced today ... to present at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference, which will ... Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. At this conference, ... of the Company at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 13, ...
... in drug-eluting stent technologyNATICK, Mass., Jan. 6 ... today announced that it has acquired Labcoat Limited, ... located in Galway, Ireland. Terms of the ... technology for coating drug-eluting stents that uses precisely ...
Cached Biology Technology:MicroDose and Nexus6 Announce Collaboration to Evaluate Application of Remote Patient Compliance Monitoring Technology with MicroDose's Electronic Dry Powder Inhaler 2MicroDose and Nexus6 Announce Collaboration to Evaluate Application of Remote Patient Compliance Monitoring Technology with MicroDose's Electronic Dry Powder Inhaler 3Boston Scientific Acquires Labcoat Limited 2Boston Scientific Acquires Labcoat Limited 3Boston Scientific Acquires Labcoat Limited 4
...
... Certified USDA Research Registered OLAW Assured AAALAC ... AALAS Certified Technicians Documentation ... Upon Request Focus CRP is ... your custom immunology service needs. We ...
... OrientExpress™ System Modules ... synthesis and directional cloning ... T7 expression vectors ... configuring OrientExpress™ Cloning Systems, ...
...
Biology Products: