Australian sandalwood facing extinction in the wild

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Australian sandalwood is under threat of extinction in the wild if current over-harvesting practices continue, according to new research published today.

Sandalwood is a hugely popular scent used in incense sticks, candles and perfumes, but this may be its downfall. Over-harvesting in Western Australia has driven the species down by 90% in the past 175 years and no new trees are regenerating because of harsh conditions caused by climate change.

The species needs to be listed as a threatened species and more sustainable harvesting practices need to be established in order to save what is left of Australia’s wild sandalwood population.

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