The evolutionary ecology of clonally propagated domesticated plants.

  title={The evolutionary ecology of clonally propagated domesticated plants.},
  author={Doyle McKey and Marianne Elias and Benoit Pujol and Anne Duputi{\'e}},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  volume={186 2},
While seed-propagated crops have contributed many evolutionary insights, evolutionary biologists have often neglected clonally propagated crops. [] Key Method We explore how their mixed clonal/sexual reproductive systems function, based on the sole example studied in detail, cassava (Manihot esculenta). Biotechnology is now expanding the number of clonal crops, continuing the 10 000-yr-old trend to increase crop yields by propagating elite genotypes. In an era of rapid global change, it is more important…

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