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Nature. 2009 Feb 12;457(7231):843-8. doi: 10.1038/nature07895.

The nature of selection during plant domestication.

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  • 1Department of Biology and Centre for Genomics and Systems Biology, 100 Washington Square East, New York University, New York 10003, USA. mp132@nyu.edu

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.

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