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Mother of Roman perfume found on Mediterranean coast

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Researchers working in the eastern Mediterranean have identified a plant they believe is the mother species of Reseda odorata, a plant used by the Romans to make perfume.

According to Pedro Jiménez Mejías, the other co-author of the study and also a researcher at UPO, “the importance of this discovery is that Reseda minoica is the maternal ancestor of a cultivated species of hybrid origin, Reseda odorata, used since Roman times due to the fragrance of its flowers, and whose essence was used in the ancient cosmetics industry. The location of one of the parts of its origin (the mother species), provides information about the evolutionary mechanisms which produce species which are later useful to humankind.”

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Story: Science Daily | Photo: antiago Martín Bravo et. al.

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