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The nature of selection during plant domestication.

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Selection, Genetic, Humans, Genome, Plant, Ecology, Culture, physiology, genetics, Crops, Agricultural, Biological Evolution

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      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.

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      10.1038/nature07895
      19212403

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