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June 1, 2006

Agarwood -- Valuable Incense

Agarwood, the world’s most valuable incense, is produced by the aquilaria tree, found in tropical rainforests, and has been used for centuries as incense and in traditional medicine. Robert Blanchette, a U of M professor of plant pathology, together with the Rainforest Project Foundation, will help farmers in Southeast Asia cultivate aquilaria trees on a sustainable basis. He says the tree has become very rare due to indiscriminate harvesting.

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