Jul 01, 2014 · Charles Darwin, while trying to devise a general theory of heredity from the observations of animal and plant breeders, discovered that domesticated mammals possess a distinctive and unusual suite of heritable traits not seen in their wild progenitors. Some of these traits also appear in domesticated birds and fish. The origin of Darwin’s “domestication syndrome” has remained a conundrum ...
- Adam S. Wilkins, Adam S. Wilkins, Richard W. Wrangham, W. Tecumseh Fitch
The Domestication Syndrome in Common Bean We have investigated the genetic control of both mor-phological and physiological traits constituting the do-mestication syndrome (Table 1) in common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris L., a predominantly autogamous spe-cies. The domestication history of the common bean is
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show fewer features of the domestication syndrome than annual seed crops, and domestication may occur more slowly because fewer sexual generations occur in a given period of time. Clement (1999) proposed two intermediate categories, incipiently domesticated and semi-domesticated, to cover the spectrum of changes resulting from human
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- Changes Associated with Domestication
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Domestication is generally considered to be the end-point of a continuum that starts with exploitation of wild plants, continues through cultivation of plants selected from the wild but not yet genetically different from wild plants, and terminates in fixation, through human selection, of morphological and hence genetic differences distinguishing a domesticate from its wild progenitor. These differences constitute the domestication syndrome and generally render the domesticate less capable of survival in the wild, thus dependent on man for its growth and reproduction. Features of the domestication syndrome include loss of dispersal, increase in size (especially of the harvested part of the plant), loss of seed dormancy and loss of chemical or mechanical protection against herbivores. Crops vary within and between species in their degrees of domestication. All known accessions of Capsicum pubescenshave large fruits that have lost their dispersal mechanism, and this species occurs onl...
Four regions are now generally considered to have been independent areas of crop domestication in the Americas: eastern North America, Mesoamerica, the Andean region and the tropical lowlands of South America. Table 1shows the approximate dates of the first appearance in the archaeological record of some of the cultigens associated with each region.
Schwanitz (1966), Purseglove (1968) and Hawkes (1983), among others, have provided comprehensive treatments of the changes occurring under domestication, so discussion here will centre on data gathered since these reviews.
Studies based on Mendelian genetics
Until recently, the genetic control of features distinguishing domesticated plants from their wild relatives had to be investigated by the classic Mendelian technique of crossing parents with different phenotypes and analysing ratios in the segregating progeny. Many of the qualitative changes associated with domestication were thereby found to be controlled by one or a few major genes, for example loss of seed dispersal and change to determinate habit in domesticated common bean (Koinange et...
DNA markers and the study of quantitative trait loci
A major advance in the study of the genetics of domestication came with the development of DNA markers, which made it possible to produce saturated linkage maps for many crops and then to determine, by looking for associations with these markers, how many and which regions of the genome carry factors affecting a given quantitative trait (quantitative trait loci or QTLs). In this way, 28 different QTLs affecting fruit weight in tomato have been located, though alleles at just one of these (fw2...
Orthologies of genes involved in domestication
The markers used to construct a saturated linkage map of one species may be used to construct linkage maps for other crops in the same family. By this means, it has been possible to compare the position of QTLs involved in the domestication syndrome in maize, sorghum and rice (Paterson et al., 1995), and in aubergine, tomato and chile pepper (Doganlar et al., 2002). In both groups, QTLs controlling similar traits map to the same conserved regions of the genome, suggesting that changes at the...
A feature of crop domestication in the Americas is the number of examples of independent domestication of different species in the same genus, or occasionally of the same species (Table 2). New World crops are therefore potentially useful resources for investigating the still-unresolved question of whether similar changes have been selected independently, resulting in parallel or convergent evolution of the domestication syndrome, or whether different mutations have been selected in different regions, so that similar phenotypes are actually controlled by different genotypes. Prior to the advent of molecular genetics, this question could be addressed only by crossing the related domesticates. If the F1 shows the wild-type phenotype, then the two domesticates are assumed to carry mutations at different, complementary, loci and thus to have evolved the trait in question independently. Cheng (1989) crossed a non-pungent bell pepper (Capsicum annuum) with a non-pungent accession of the c...
The developing understanding of the genetic control of various traits of the domestication syndrome and of the mode of action of some of the genes involved may assist in realizing the potential of some of the minor domesticates of the New World. Crops such as goldenberry (Physalis peruviana), pepino (Solanum muricatum) and yam bean (Pachyrhizus erosus) command high prices in markets in some developed countries (National Research Council, 1989), so are potentially useful export-earners for the developing countries in which they originated. Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum) have attracted the attention of commercial companies in developed countries, but problems of reliably producing large quantities of fruit have led to loss of potentially valuable export markets (National Research Council, 1989; Smith et al., 1992). These and other lesser known domesticates need further improvement to adapt them to a wider range of environments, modify their morphol...
I am grateful to Duncan Vaughan and Charles Heiser for supplying some unpublished observations, and to three anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions of additional references to cite. Funding to pay the Open Access publication charges for this article was provided by the OECD.
Out of all the species that have been identified as domesticated in the region, 27% are fruit-, nut-, and pod-producing species, while 87% of semi-domesticated species are represented by tree and vine species, and approximately 45 species the in incipient stage of domestication are almost all arboreal or chestnut trees .
Domestication is an evolutionary process operating under the influence of human activities. Since it is evolutionary, people would expect a relatively slow and incipient domestication to forms that differ more and more from the progenitors.
the incipient stages of domestication have revealed multiple domestication origins or high ongoing gene ﬂow between wild and cultivated varieties [39,40], which is consistent with this scenario. Even with the necessarily limited historical picture obtained by genetic sampling of present-day germplasm ...