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Molecular insights into the evolution of crop plants

Molecular insights into the evolution of crop plants
Molecular insights into the evolution of crop plants
The domestication and improvement of crop plants have long fascinated evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and anthropologists. In recent years, the development of increasingly powerful molecular and statistical tools has reinvigorated this now fast-paced field of research. In this paper, we provide an overview of how such tools have been applied to the study of crop evolution. We also highlight lessons that have been learned in light of a few long-standing and interrelated hypotheses concerning the origins of crop plants and the nature of the genetic changes underlying their evolution. We conclude by discussing compelling evolutionary genomic approaches that make possible the efficient and unbiased identification of genes controlling crop-related traits and provide further insight into the actual timing of selection on particular genomic regions.
0002-9122
113-122
Burger, J.C.
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Chapman, M.A.
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Burke, J.M.
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Burger, J.C.
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Chapman, M.A.
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Burke, J.M.
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Burger, J.C., Chapman, M.A. and Burke, J.M. (2008) Molecular insights into the evolution of crop plants. American Journal of Botany, 95 (2), 113-122. (doi:10.3732/ajb.95.2.113).

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The domestication and improvement of crop plants have long fascinated evolutionary biologists, geneticists, and anthropologists. In recent years, the development of increasingly powerful molecular and statistical tools has reinvigorated this now fast-paced field of research. In this paper, we provide an overview of how such tools have been applied to the study of crop evolution. We also highlight lessons that have been learned in light of a few long-standing and interrelated hypotheses concerning the origins of crop plants and the nature of the genetic changes underlying their evolution. We conclude by discussing compelling evolutionary genomic approaches that make possible the efficient and unbiased identification of genes controlling crop-related traits and provide further insight into the actual timing of selection on particular genomic regions.

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Published date: February 2008
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 352735
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352735
ISSN: 0002-9122
PURE UUID: d4cefdd0-aed9-4345-8c12-efdf720685e0
ORCID for M.A. Chapman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7151-723X

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Date deposited: 20 May 2013 13:17
Last modified: 29 Oct 2019 01:38

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