Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Domesticated Crops Have Larger Seeds

Domesticated crops have larger seeds than the comparable wild type, even though there is good reason to doubt that early proto-farmers intended this result.

The paper is:

Thomas A. Kluyver, et al., "Unconscious selection drove seed enlargement in vegetable crops." Evolution Letters (2017).

1 comment:

DDeden said...

At least in some cases, bigger seeds = bigger fruits, so if apetite is stimulated by large juicy fruit, larger seeds (discarded-defecated nearby hut) would select for larger seeds.