Tracing the evolution of the aubergine

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Researchers are delving into the origin of the aubergine by sequencing its DNA.

The aubergine is an economically important plant in Asia and Africa, but little is known about how it evolved. Historical documents and genetic data show that the plant was first domesticated in Asia, but most of its wild relatives are from Africa.

Researchers from the Museum and the University of Helsinki have now discovered that a single event gave rise to two distinct lineages of the plant. One is an African group of species and the other is the wild forerunner of the domesticated aubergine, also known as the eggplant.

In a study published in the American Journal of Botany, researchers sequenced the DNA of the aubergine and 22 species directly related to it.

Period10 sep 2018

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  • TitelTracing the evolution of the aubergine
    Medianamn/-företagSCIENCE NEWS
    LandStorbritannien
    Datum10/09/2018
    BeskrivningResearchers are delving into the origin of the aubergine by sequencing its DNA.

    The aubergine is an economically important plant in Asia and Africa, but little is known about how it evolved. Historical documents and genetic data show that the plant was first domesticated in Asia, but most of its wild relatives are from Africa.

    Researchers from the Museum and the University of Helsinki have now discovered that a single event gave rise to two distinct lineages of the plant. One is an African group of species and the other is the wild forerunner of the domesticated aubergine, also known as the eggplant.

    In a study published in the American Journal of Botany, researchers sequenced the DNA of the aubergine and 22 species directly related to it.
    Webbadresswww.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2018/august/tracing-the-evolution-of-the-aubergine.html
    PersonerPéter Poczai, Sandra Knapp, Mindy Syfert, Sven Buerki, Xavier Aubriot