Symrise started a pilot project in Madagascar in 2012 for the planting of the tropical grass vetiver. While vetiver oil is an important raw material for perfumers with its woody, balsamic fragrance, the plants are also useful for combating soil erosion with their long, widely spreading root systems. Soil erosion is a serious problem in Madagascar. For the farmers, the sale of vetiver roots also represents a welcome source of additional income.
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