Crop species are the basis for much of contemporary human culture and it is widely agreed that the ability to farm crops and animals beginning 11,000 years ago laid the basis for the development of human societies, urbanization, and much of human culture. Crop species are also fascinating systems for the study of evolution, because they evolved relatively recently and in the context of a unique type of animal/plant co-evolution, with humans being the animal species involved. Using genomics and archaeology, we will explore recent research that uncovers the genetic basis for the origin and evolution of the major food crops that feed human societies.
Lecture by Dr. Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science and Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics.
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