A guest post by Debarati Chakraborty The power of aroma compounds to offer physical, mental and spiritual delight is one of the oldest enchanting tales. Aroma stimulates the limbic system, one of the primitive parts of the human brain in evolutionary terms – steering our emotions, behaviour and long-term memory. This urge towards enjoying aroma may be the vital driving force that inspired the selection of hundreds of landraces i.e. traditionally cultivated, locally adapted varieties, of aromatic rice, having varying amounts of aroma, throughout our Asia continent. Aromatic rice in South-East Asian cultures Scented rice is an integral part of...Continue reading The scented story of rice
I have recently submitted my doctoral thesis on genetic and biochemical underpinnings of aroma in Indian rice landraces at the University of Kalyani, India. I also regularly use social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to garner awareness about organic farming, archaeobotany, ecological agriculture and indigenous crop plant varieties. Besides this, singing is my passion.