RESEARCHERS in Thailand have discovered a fungus parasite on fragrant rice that could be further developed for cosmetic products such as soaps. The fungus can produce a pandanus leaf smell that contributes to the rice's aromatic quality and the finding could lead to the developments in the cosmetic industry for applications that include face powders, scents and oils, according to scientists at the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Bangkok. The fungus, classified as a genus of curvularia, is a micro-organism that ...

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