Shakespeare wrote “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.
I do not know if I could take a rose that smelled like root beer. Researchers at the university of Florida Gainesville have isolated 13 genes in flowers that are key for a blossom’s fragrance.
A team at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science have uncovered some of the genes that control the complex mixture of chemicals that comprise a flower’s scent. From here they have found new ways of kick starting a flower’s aromatic compounds to produce desired fragrances.
Floral breeders have selected flowers with other attributes that the consumers want – size, color, and longevity, leaving scent at the starting gate. By choosing flowering plants with these characteristics the plant may produce less fragrance. In the future you may be able to go to a flower shop and select the scented or unscented variety of the same flower.
Sometimes there may to many options to choose from, but Shakespeare wrote”That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.