On the Origin of Almond

  title={On the Origin of Almond},
  author={G. Ladizinsky},
  journal={Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution},
  • G. Ladizinsky
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution
Almond, Amygdalus communis L., is an ancient crop of south west Asia. Selection of the sweet type marks the beginning of almond domestication. Wild almonds are bitter and eating even a relatively small number of nuts can be fatal. How man selected the sweet type remains a riddle. Also, the wild ancestor of almond has not been properly identified among the many wild almond species. Breeding experiment, which is the most critical test for identifying the wild progenitors of other crops, is… 
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