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Balsam Fir Tree Gene Cuts Demand For Ambergris, Bodes Well For Sustainable Perfumes

April 5, 2012: 02:35 AM EST
Researchers from the University of British Columbia discovered a gene in the balsam fir tree that could help bring about less costly and sustainable production of plant-based fixatives and scents used in the perfume industry. The discovery is also expected to reduce demand for ambergris, a substance derived from sperm whales' vomit that had turned into rock-like objects after reacting with saltwater. 
"How to Make High-End Perfumes Without Whale Barf", Science Daily, April 05, 2012, © ScienceDaily
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