Plant domestication

Plant domestication is the process whereby wild plants have been evolved into crop plants through artificial selection. This usually involves an early hybridization event followed by selective breeding.

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  • News and Views |

    Up to now, creativity, ingenuity, time and more than a little luck have been essential for transforming a wild plant into a new food crop. Building on the understanding of gene function in Arabidopsis, the process of domestication can be rapidly accelerated.

    • Anne B. Britt
    Nature Food 1, 24-25
  • News and Views |

    Cultivation of high-tannin sorghum in Africa is associated with herbivore threat from red-billed quelea, but also with reduced sensation of bitterness in humans.

    • Peter Civáň
    Nature Plants 5, 1205-1206
  • News and Views |

    The ancient genome of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian emmer wheat sheds light on the domestication and dispersal history of emmer wheat as well as the unique diversity that the historical species contained.

    • James Breen
    •  & M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace
    Nature Plants 5, 1108-1109