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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01293

Bird dispersal as a pre-adaptation for domestication in legumes: insights for neo-domestication

  • 1University of Vermont, United States
  • 2Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia

The first chapter of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species famously used examples of human selection of domesticated plants and animals to lay the groundwork for the Theory of Evolution (Darwin 1859). Since at least the works of Darwin (1868), domestication of plants and animals have been used as major examples of strong selection radically altering the morphology, architecture, and behavior of organisms on which our contemporary society relies for food, fiber and fuel. Consequently, it is not surprising that crop domestication remains a vibrant area of research. Despite this ongoing interest in the field of domestication, we greatly lack ecological and natural history studies of crop wild relatives in their wild settings.

Keywords: Neodomestication, Bird dispersal, legumes (Fabaceae), Preadaptation, Natural History, domestication syndrome, Seed Dispersal

Received: 17 Jul 2019; Accepted: 18 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Bronvik and Von Wettberg. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Eric J. Von Wettberg, University of Vermont, Burlington, 05405, Vermont, United States, ebishopv@uvm.edu