Scent of the Vanishing Flora by Roman Kaiser (2010) {Fragrant Reading - New Book}



Roman Kaiser, whose name is associated with the Scent Trek program at Givaudan and extensive headspace data collecting has published his third book following The Scent of Orchids (1993) and Meaningful Scents Around the World (2006.) It is entitled Scent of the Vanishing Flora...


"Roman Kaiser has worked for over ten years collecting and investigating the scent of around 500 endangered plant species worldwide, of which 267 are described in 'Scent of the Vanishing Flora'. The book starts with an introductory section sharing some research and concerns about the loss of biodiversity and extinction of key species around the world. Dr. Kaiser continues by presenting scented species of the Vanishing Flora encountered during his fascinating expeditions to such exotic places as the Hawaiian Islands, the Cape Floral Kingdom, the rainforests around the tropical belt and the European Alps. The book concludes with a description of the iconic family of the Vanishing Flora, Orchidaceae, and summarises the analytical compositions of the presented scents."


ISBN 13: 978-3-906390-64-2
ISBN 10: 3-906390-64-0
400 pages
November 2010
EUR 132.00
published jointly by Verlag Helvetica Chemica Acta and Wiley-VCH


1.          Introduction to the ‘Scent of the Vanishing Flora’
1.1.       Extinction of Species and Monitoring Endangered Species
1.2.       Investigating the Scent of the Vanishing Flora
2.          Illustrating the Scent of the Vanishing Flora
2.1.       No More Existing in Nature
2.2.       Ten Icon Species of the Vanishing Flora
2.3.       The Scent of ‘Living Fossils’
2.4.       A Brief Look into Rainforests and Associated Biotopes
2.5.       Hawaii’s Vanishing Flora
2.6.       The Cape Floral Kingdom, a Closer Look at One of the Hotspots of Biodiversity
2.7.       Endangered Conifers
2.8.       Endangered Cacti
2.9.       Endangered Species of My Home Country
2.10.     Some Additional Protected and Endangered Species
3.          The Icon Family of the Vanishing Flora: Orchidaceae
3.1.       Orchids of the American Tropic
3.2.       Orchids of the African Tropic
3.3.       Orchids of the Indo-Australian Tropics and Subtropics
4.          Analytics
4.1.       General Remarks
4.2.       Equipment Used
4.3.       Compositions of the Presented Scents
4.4.       Synthesis of New Compounds

The book can be purchased at

Related Posts

Leave a Comment