This book gives readers new information to understand the mechanism of agarwood induction and therefore eradicate the myths surrounding agarwood formation. One of the challenges in conserving agarwood resources is species identification. In Agarwood: Science Behind the Fragrance, taxonomy and systematics of Agarwood-producing trees from historical and recent perspectives is discussed, and tips are given for identifying cultivated species. In addition, colour illustrations are given to highlight vegetative and reproductive characteristics as well as anatomical features, for identification purposes of both plant and agarwood sources. Another challenge that planters are facing is in acquiring the correct method for agarwood induction, thus the development of agarwood induction technologies will be reviewed. A chapter dedicated to bioinduction is included. The book will comprise a chapter on the use of non-destructive technology as a management tool for cultivating agarwood. Agarwood: Science Behind the Fragrance also discusses issues relating to agarwood grades. The absence of an international standard that is acceptable by producer and consumer countries further complicates the issue. Other useful information includes a systematic revelation of agarwood constituents and their complex chemistry, and highlights on a specific pharmaceutical property.
- The Origin and Domestication of Aquilaria, an Important Agarwood-Producing Genus
- Wood Resources, Identification and Utilization of Agarwood in China
- Understanding Agarwood Formation and Its Challenges
- Development of Agarwood Induction Technology Using Endophytic Fungi
- Molecular Mechanism Studies of Terpenoid Biosynthesis in Agarwood
- Gyrinops walla: The Recently Discovered Agarwood Producing Species in Sri Lanka
- Resolution of Complex Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbons in Aquilaria malaccensis Volatile Oils Using Gas Chromatography Technique
- Pharmacological Effects of Aquilaria spp. Leaves and Their Chemical Constituents
- Acoustic-Based Technology for Agarwood Detection in Aquilaria Trees
- Keeping Up Appearances - Agarwood Grades and Quality
Rozi Mohamed is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She received her training from the Oregon State University, USA, in the fields of forest biotechnology and plant pathology. Her research on Agarwood started in 2006. Agarwood is a non-wood product from the endangered Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees, highly prized for its use in fragrances and medicines. Her research projects were designed to answer questions such as identifying the triggers behind Agarwood formation. She applies molecular, genomics and tissue culture approaches to study the mechanism of Agarwood synthesis in Aquilaria. Special attention is given to the role of diverse fungi and bacteria, which is known to be useful pathogens for Agarwood inducement. Being a forester and an ecologist herself, Rozi is especially interested in developing new methods for rapid detection of Aquilaria as a means to circumvent illegal Agarwood trade. Her work on Agarwood has been recognised globally, as evident from the invitations she received to review manuscripts on Agarwood by various international journals. Recently, she organised the 1st International Scientific Symposium on Agarwood (ISSA 2013) at UPM, which received vast responses from the international Agarwood community, scientists and traders alike. Following this success, she will organise its sequel, the highly anticipated 2nd ISSA in 2016.