The complex origins of domesticated crops in the Fertile Crescent
Brown, Terence A., Jones, Martin K., Powell, Wayne and Allaby, Robin G. (2009) The complex origins of domesticated crops in the Fertile Crescent. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Vol.24 (No.2). pp. 103-109. ISSN 0169-5347Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2008.09.008
A combination of genetics and archaeology is revealing the complexity of the relationships between crop plants and their wild ancestors. Archaeobotanical studies are showing that acquisition of the full set of traits observed in domesticated cereals was a protracted process, intermediate stages being seen at early farming sites throughout the Fertile Crescent. New genetic data are confirming the multiregional nature of cereal domestication, correcting a previous view that each crop was domesticated by a rapid, unique and geographically localised process. Here we review the evidence that has prompted this reevaluation of the origins of domesticated crops in the Fertile Crescent and highlight the impact that this new multiregional model is having on modern breeding programmes.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Warwick HRI (2004-2010)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Trends in Ecology & Evolution|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 103-109|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Natural Environment Research Council|
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