People, Plants and Genes: The Story of Crops and Humanity

People, Plants and Genes: The Story of Crops and Humanity

Denis J. Murphy


This booklet presents a entire evaluate of the advanced tale of human-plant interactions, from the hunter-gatherers of the Palaeolithic period, via to the twenty first century and the molecular genetic manipulation of plants. It hyperlinks the most recent advances in molecular genetics with the technology and heritage of plant domestication, the evolution of plant breeding, and the consequences of this new wisdom for either the agriculture of at the present time and the future.
Modern societies nonetheless depend on vegetation for many in their meals wishes, let alone garments, take care of, medicinal drugs and instruments. This unique courting has tied jointly humans and their vegetation in mutual dependence for over 50,000 years. but regardless of those millennia of intimate touch, humans have merely long gone directly to cultivate and domesticate a number of dozen of the tens of hundreds of thousands of safe to eat crops to be had. due to the most recent genomic reports, we will now start to clarify how, whilst, and the place the most very important plants got here to be domesticated, and the the most important position of plant genetics and climatic switch in those tactics. certainly, it was once their distinctive genetic organizations that finally made up our minds which crops finally turned vegetation, instead of any awake judgements via their human cultivators.

The publication is basically geared toward geneticists, molecular biologists, biotechnologists, and plant breeders who require a close and updated account of recent crop genetics and genomic study and its wider value for agriculture. in spite of the fact that, the obtainable kind will attract a much broader readership of agronomists, archaeologists, or even historians, who desire to discover the various interactions that experience formed the usually an important relationships among crops and human societies.

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