Title

Multidisciplinary perspectives on banana (Musa spp.) domestication

Keywords

plant genetics, historical linguistics, archaeobotany, diploid banana, cultivars, triploid banana cultivars

Abstract

Original multidisciplinary research hereby clarifies the complex geodomestication pathways that generated the vast range of banana cultivars (cvs). Genetic analyses identify the wild ancestors of modern-day cvs and elucidate several key stages of domestication for different cv groups. Archaeology and linguistics shed light on the historical roles of people in the movement and cultivation of bananas from New Guinea to West Africa during the Holocene. The historical reconstruction of domestication processes is essential for breeding programs seeking to diversify and improve banana cvs for the future.

Original Publication Citation

Perriera Xavier, E. De Langhe, M. Donohue, C. Lentfer, L. Vrydaghs, F. Bakrya, F. Carreel, I. Hippolyte, J. Horry, C. Jenny, V. Lebot, A. Risterucci, K. Tomekpe, H. Doutrelepont, T. Ball, J. Manwaring, P. de Maret, and T. Denham. 2011. Multidisciplinary perspectives on banana (Musa spp.) domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(28):11311–11318.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-07-12

Publisher

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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