Plant genetics: Ancient wild olives in Mediterranean forests

  title={Plant genetics: Ancient wild olives in Mediterranean forests},
  author={Roselyne Lumaret and Noureddine Ouazzani},
Early domestication and extensive cultivation have meant that staple Mediterranean fruit crops such as olives, grapes and dates exist in wild-looking forms that are secondary derivatives produced by sexual reproduction among cultivated plants (cultivars), which were initially propagated vegetatively. By using genetic markers associated with characters that render plants unsuitable for domestication, we show here that genuinely wild olive trees, which cannot be distinguished morphologically from… 
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