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Wheat evolution

The story of wheat and its cousins

Sequences of almost 800 wheat genomes have retraced the history of wheat: when and where it was domesticated, how cultivation spread from its Middle Eastern centre of origin and how the genome adapted to selective pressures in new agricultural habitats, not least thanks to its ability to take up genes from wild cousins.

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Fig. 1: Progenitors and dispersal routes of bread wheat.


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Feng, JW., Mascher, M. The story of wheat and its cousins. Nat. Plants 9, 377–378 (2023).

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