Nature 457, 843-848 (12 February 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07895; Published online 11 February 2009

The nature of selection during plant domestication

Michael D. Purugganan1 & Dorian Q. Fuller2


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.

  1. Department of Biology and Centre for Genomics and Systems Biology, 100 Washington Square East, New York University, New York 10003, USA.
  2. Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31–34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UK.


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