A recently-discovered orchid species, Coryanthes kaiseriana G. Gerlach, was partially named after Dr. Roman Kaiser of Givaudan. Dr. Guenter Gerlach, a renowed specialist for neotropid orchids, dedicated the species to Dr. Kaiser in recognition of his outstanding research in the field of orchid scents, Givaudan executives said.
Dr. Kaiser has been a member of Givaudan’s global fragrance research team since 1968. Currently he is director of the natural scents research unit. Of 1,900 scents investigated scientifically by Dr. Kaiser, about 400 are available to Givaudan’s perfumers as synthetic reconstitutions to create perfumes, according to company executives.
The newly-discovered species belongs to a group of “perfume” orchids, or euglossine orchids, that are pollinated exclusively by male euglossine bees.