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BACKGROUND Use of plant resources and ecosystems practiced by indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica commonly involves domestication of plant populations and landscapes. Our study analyzed interactions of coexisting wild and managed populations of the pitaya Stenocereus pruinosus, a columnar cactus used for its edible fruit occurring in natural forests,(More)
BACKGROUND Studies of domestication enables a better understanding of human cultures, landscape changes according to peoples' purposes, and evolutionary consequences of human actions on biodiversity. This review aimed at discussing concepts, hypotheses, and current trends in studies of domestication of plants, using examples of cases studied in regions of(More)
Plant Management in the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, Mexico. Plant management types currently practiced in the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, México, were documented and analyzed based on ethnobotanical studies conducted in 13 villages with six indigenous groups and Mestizo people. The information was organized in a data base, and then detailed and guided to a(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The Tehuacán Valley in Mexico is a principal area of plant domestication in Mesoamerica. There, artificial selection is currently practised on nearly 120 native plant species with coexisting wild, silvicultural and cultivated populations, providing an excellent setting for studying ongoing mechanisms of evolution under domestication. One(More)
Polaskia chende is a columnar cactus endemic to central Mexico, where it is managed via silviculture due to its edible fruits. We aimed to analyse the consequences of management on population genetics and compared information from different markers to analyse ecological and evolutionary aspects of incipient domestication and genetic resources conservation.(More)
We studied populations of Stenocereus pruinosus throughout Mexico, a species important for its edible fruit. The Tehuacán Valley is setting of ancient and the currently most active management of S. pruinosus; we hypothesized Tehuacán as the original area of domestication of S. pruinosus and expected to find there its highest genetic variation and original(More)
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