Vortrag · Gatersleben

07.06.2022 · 14:00
Studies in Near Eastern plant domestication: The minority view

In recent years, most researchers describe plant domestication as a long (protracted), unconscious (circumstantial), geographically diffused (culturally independent) process. This reconstruction is being endorsed by most geographers, archaeologists, archaeobotanists, population geneticists and plant scientists who are interested in plant domestication.

Inherent problems in this approach will be exposed alongside some experimental data that refutes some of its tenets. The conceptual distinction between 'plant domestication' and 'crop evolution' will be presented as a potential guiding principle to overcome some of the problems of the above widely accepted view. Possible plant breeding implications of this distinction will be discussed.


Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
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Prof. Shahal Abbo