The partial and complete domestication of the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)

@article{Zeven2008ThePA,
  title={The partial and complete domestication of the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)},
  author={Anton C. Zeven},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={26},
  pages={274-279}
}
The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is an important oil crop. Large quantities of mesocarp-oil and kerneloil are consumed in Africa and are exported from there and southeastern Asia to North America and Europe, where they are used mainly for food (margarine), in soap and candle making, and in the tin industry. Furthermore, in most African areas the oil palm is tapped for its wine by cutting the stem of the female or male inflorescence or by making a hole in the palm's "cabbage." Disastrous… CONTINUE READING

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