The nature of selection during plant domestication

Michael D. Purugganan, Dorian Q. Fuller

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Abstract

Plant domestication is an outstanding example of plant-animal co-evolution and is a far richer model for studying evolution than is generally appreciated. There have been numerous studies to identify genes associated with domestication, and archaeological work has provided a clear understanding of the dynamics of human cultivation practices during the Neolithic period. Together, these have provided a better understanding of the selective pressures that accompany crop domestication, and they demonstrate that a synthesis from the twin vantage points of genetics and archaeology can expand our understanding of the nature of evolutionary selection that accompanies domestication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-848
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume457
Issue number7231
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2009

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