Evolution during Domestication


During the process of domestication, plants and animals have evolved under conscious and unconscious selection by humans.

Keywords: crop; agriculture; breeding; food

Figure 1.

Centres of crop domestication.



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Gepts, Paul, and Papa, Roberto(Jan 2003) Evolution during Domestication. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003071]