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Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Yams and Aroids
This new edition reviews the scientific literature produced during the last decade and presents major technical advancements and is essential reading for students, researchers and horticulturists. Expand
Multidisciplinary perspectives on banana (Musa spp.) domestication
The complex geodomestication pathways that generated the vast range of banana cultivars (cvs) are clarified and several key stages of domestication for different cv groups are elucidated. Expand
Sequencing wild and cultivated cassava and related species reveals extensive interspecific hybridization and genetic diversity
It is found that paleotetraploidy in cassava is shared with the related rubber tree Hevea, providing a resource for comparative studies and will inform future genome-enabled breeding efforts to improve this staple crop. Expand
Kava: the Pacific drug.
The literature and research on kava's botany, chemistry, ethnobotany, pharmacology, social usage, distribution and economic potential, should provide insights for researchers in many different disciplines, including prehistory, anthropology and pharmacology. Expand
Biomolecular evidence for plant domestication in Sahul
  • V. Lebot
  • Biology
  • Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution
  • 1 December 1999
Biomolecular markers reveal that for these crops at least, domestication has occurred in New Guinea and further east in Melanesia, and have obvious bearings on genetic resources programme strategies and future surveys. Expand
Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination
The results provide strong support for prehistoric transfer(s) of sweet potato from South America (Peru-Ecuador region) into Polynesia and document a temporal shift in the pattern of distribution of genetic variation in sweet potato in Oceania. Expand
Combining Biological Approaches to Shed Light on the Evolution of Edible Bananas
The comparison with data from archaeology, linguistics and human genetics will enable the validation, refinement and dating of the proposed domestication process of the banana complex, and shows that their joint analysis enables an evolutionary reading of this diversity. Expand
Genetic diversity of taro, Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott, in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
The genetic diversity of 255 taro accessions from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu was studied using AFLPs, and the presence of two gene pools for cultivated diploid taro has major implications for the breeding and conservation of germplasm. Expand
Disentangling the Origins of Cultivated Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.)
It is proposed that cultivated I. batatas have multiple origins, and evolved from at least two distinct autopolyploidization events in polymorphic wild populations of a single progenitor species. Expand
Genetic Diversity of the Greater Yam (Dioscorea alata L.) and Relatedness to D. nummularia Lam. and D. transversa Br. as Revealed with AFLP Markers
UPGMA cluster analysis revealed the existence of three major groups of genotypes within D. alata, each assembling accessions from distant geographical origins and different ploidy levels, and indicated that each accession can be fingerprinted uniquely with AFLP. Expand