The origins of an important cactus crop, Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactaceae): new molecular evidence.

@article{Griffith2004TheOO,
  title={The origins of an important cactus crop, Opuntia ficus-indica (Cactaceae): new molecular evidence.},
  author={M. Griffith},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2004},
  volume={91 11},
  pages={
          1915-21
        }
}
  • M. Griffith
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine, Biology
  • American journal of botany
  • Opuntia ficus-indica is a long-domesticated cactus crop that is important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. The biogeographic and evolutionary origins of this species have been obscured through ancient and widespread cultivation and naturalization. The origin of O. ficus-indica is investigated through the use of Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of nrITS DNA sequences. These analyses support the following hypotheses: that O. ficus-indica is a close relative… CONTINUE READING

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