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The importance of early human choices of wild plants in determining crop physiology

Leaf ecophysiological traits of crops are primarily inherited from their wild progenitors, challenging the conventional assumption that the origins of fast physiology lie only in early domestication and modern breeding.

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Fig. 1: Ecophysiological traits of wild plants compared with wild progenitors of crops.


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This is a summary of: Gómez-Fernández, A. et al. Early human selection of crops’ wild progenitors explains the acquisitive physiology of modern cultivars. Nat. Plants (2024).

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The importance of early human choices of wild plants in determining crop physiology. Nat. Plants 10, 9–10 (2024).

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