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Climate Change Robs Flowers of Their Fragrances Climate Change Robs Flowers of Their Fragrances

Climate Change Robs Flowers of Their Fragrances

by Patrick James

March 24, 2010
We've previously heard that climate change might make the world smellier, but that's not the case in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where environmentalists and scientists have found that flowers are losing their fragrances.

Asia One spoke to Science and Technology Professor Emeritus at the University of Kebangsaan Malaysia, Dr. Abdul Latif Mohamad, who offered "plausible reasons as to why some pollinators were not spreading flower seeds, a pattern caused by the missing 'scent trail' with scent tissues burning easily due to global warming."

"The aroma producing chemical compounds in flowers dry up faster now compared with before." The only way out, he said, was to genetically modify the flowers so that the effects would not be permanent and the future generation would not be robbed of nature's beauty.

By adding certain chemicals to flowers, scientists can strengthen flowers' scents, thereby preserving the biodiversity—and the fragrance—of the world we love.

Photo (cc) by Flickr user timparkinson.
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Climate Change Robs Flowers of Their Fragrances