December 22, 2011

Conditions In Ethiopia Threaten Frankincense

Filed under: Ethiopia — ethiopiantimes @ 10:25 pm
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The production of frankincense is in jeopardy.
Ecological conditions in Ethiopia are significantly affecting the trees that produce the celebrated resin.
Dutch and Ethiopian researchers have determined that as many as seven-percent of the trees are dying annually.
Also, seedlings are not surviving into saplings.
They say that means production could be cut in half over the next 15 years and the trees could decline by 90-percent in the next 50 years.
Frankincense is known globally as one of the three gifts of the Magi, the wise men who visited Jesus after his birth.
It’s used as incense in religious rituals, and as an ingredient in perfume and Chinese traditional medicine.
The research is published in the “Journal of Applied Ecology.”


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