Monday, May 23, 2011

Study to find right way of harvesting frankincense tree - Oman

For second consecutive year, HSBC Oman has renewed its partnership with the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) for the implementation of a four-year innovative scientific research project on frankincense. It is headed by researcher and ESO Board Member Dr Mohsin Al Aamery.

With preliminary findings indicating that the manner in which trees are tapped to harvest frankincense can lead to degeneration beyond repair, the study aims to determine the right frequency of cutting to retrieve a good yield without harming the trees.

It will also address the potential impacts of climate change on the growth pattern of frankincense trees. Concrete findings and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of frankincense farming, a primary source of Dhofar’s livelihood, will then be disseminated to farmers, relevant government authorities and the local community for implementation.

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