Evolution of crop species: genetics of domestication and diversification

  title={Evolution of crop species: genetics of domestication and diversification},
  author={Rachel S. Meyer and Michael D. Purugganan},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
Domestication is a good model for the study of evolutionary processes because of the recent evolution of crop species (<12,000 years ago), the key role of selection in their origins, and good archaeological and historical data on their spread and diversification. Recent studies, such as quantitative trait locus mapping, genome-wide association studies and whole-genome resequencing studies, have identified genes that are associated with the initial domestication and subsequent diversification of… 
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