10 Oct '17, 5am

Singapore scientists reveal origins of durian's pungent aroma

Image copyright Dr Kevin Lim Image caption The team was driven by a 'strong scientific curiosity' and of course, their love for durians One of nature's smelliest secrets may have been revealed, thanks to a dedicated team of durian-loving scientists in Singapore. Researchers have found an odour gene which gives the thorny fruit its notoriously-pungent scent. The discovery meant the possibility of creating "odourless or milder-tasting" fruits in future, the scientists said. It has sparked mixed feelings from durian aficionados, who worship its signature rank smell. "A durian without its smell is nothing but an empty shell with no essence," wrote Singaporean Richie Liang on Facebook , who also compared "a durian without its unique smell" to "a human being who has lost his or her soul". Durian: The fruit that generates extreme reactions Malaysia bets China will warm to stinky ...

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-41563300

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