Data from: Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide
Khoury, C.K. ; Achicanoy, Harold A. ; Bjorkman, Anne D. ; Navarro-Racines, Carlos ; Guarino, Luigi ; Flores-Palacios, Ximena ; Engels, Johannes M.M. ; Wiersema, John H. ; Dempewolf, Hannes ; Sotelo, Steven ; Ramírez-Villegas, Julian ; Castañeda-Álvarez, Nora P. ; Fowler, Cary ; Jarvis, Andy ; Rieseberg, Loren H. ; Struik, P.C. - \ 2016
Wageningen University & Research
food security - crop diversity - crop origins - plant genetic resources - crop domestication - crop improvement
Research into the origins of food plants has led to the recognition that specific geographical regions around the world have been of particular importance to the development of agricultural crops. Yet the relative contributions of these different regions in the context of current food systems have not been quantified. Here we determine the origins (‘primary regions of diversity’) of the crops comprising the food supplies and agricultural production of countries worldwide. We estimate the degree to which countries use crops from regions of diversity other than their own (‘foreign crops’), and quantify changes in this usage over the past 50 years. Countries are highly interconnected with regard to primary regions of diversity of the crops they cultivate and/or consume. Foreign crops are extensively used in food supplies (68.7% of national food supplies as a global mean are derived from foreign crops) and production systems (69.3% of crops grown are foreign). Foreign crop usage has increased significantly over the past 50 years, including in countries with high indigenous crop diversity. The results provide a novel perspective on the ongoing globalization of food systems worldwide, and bolster evidence for the importance of international collaboration on genetic resource conservation and exchange.
The domestication and evolutionary ecology of apples
Cornille, A. ; Giraud, T. ; Smulders, M.J.M. ; Roldán-Ruiz, I. ; Gladieux, P. - \ 2014
Trends in Genetics 30 (2014)2. - ISSN 0168-9525 - p. 57 - 65.
wild malus-orientalis - genetic-structure - population-structure - venturia-inaequalis - crop domestication - cultivated apple - fruit - sylvestris - markers - mill.
The cultivated apple is a major fruit crop in temperate zones. Its wild relatives, distributed across temperate Eurasia and growing in diverse habitats, represent potentially useful sources of diversity for apple breeding. We review here the most recent findings on the genetics and ecology of apple domestication and its impact on wild apples. Genetic analyses have revealed a Central Asian origin for cultivated apple, together with an unexpectedly large secondary contribution from the European crabapple. Wild apple species display strong population structures and high levels of introgression from domesticated apple, and this may threaten their genetic integrity. Recent research has revealed a major role of hybridization in the domestication of the cultivated apple and has highlighted the value of apple as an ideal model for unraveling adaptive diversification processes in perennial fruit crops. We discuss the implications of this knowledge for apple breeding and for the conservation of wild apples.
QTL analysis reveals the genetic architecture of domestication traits in Crisphead lettuce
Hartman, Y. ; Hooftman, D.A.P. ; Schranz, M.E. ; Tienderen, P.H. van - \ 2013
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 60 (2013)4. - ISSN 0925-9864 - p. 1487 - 1500.
lactuca-serriola asteraceae - marker-assisted selection - arabidopsis-thaliana - plant domestication - crop domestication - sativa l. - wild - loci - sunflower - evolution
The genetic architecture of crop domestication is generally characterized by three trends: relatively few genomic regions with major QTL effects are involved, QTL are often clustered, and alleles derived from the crop do not always contribute to the crop phenotype. We have investigated the genetic architecture of lettuce using a recombinant inbred line population from a cross between a crop Lactuca sativa (‘Salinas’) and its wild relative L. serriola. Few genomic regions with major QTL, plus various intermediate QTL, largely control the transition from wild to cultivated Crisphead lettuce. Allelic effects of all major QTL were in the expected direction, but there were intermediate QTL where the crop contributed to the wild phenotype and vice versa. We found two main regions with clusters of QTL, one on linkage group 3, where the crop allele induced lower seed output, another on linkage group 7, where the crop allele caused a delay in flowering time. Potentially, knowledge of genetic changes due to the domestication could be relevant for the chance that a transgene inserted in a crop genome will spread to wild relatives due to hitchhiking effects. If a transgene would be inserted in one of these regions, background selection on the crop alleles may lead to a reduced fitness of hybrids with the transgene. QTL research on the effects of domestication genes can thus indicate regions in the crop genome that are less likely to introgress, although these still need to be verified under field conditions.