Brief History of Plant Breeding

Brief History of Plant Breeding (III): Evolution from Primitive Selection to Domestication  

James Fang
Hainan Institute of Tropical Agricultural Resources, Sanya, 572025, China
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Molecular Plant Breeding, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 17   doi: 10.5376/mpb.2023.14.0017
Received: 24 Jul., 2023    Accepted: 07 Aug., 2023    Published: 25 Aug., 2023
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Fang J., 2023, Brief history of plant breeding (III): Evolution from primitive selection to domestication, Molecular Plant Breeding, 14(17): 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/mpb.2023.14.0017)


This article explores the process from primitive selection to plant domestication and breeding. In ancient times, humans began to rely on plants as a source of food and practiced primitive selection to choose plants with beneficial traits for cultivation and reproduction. Over time, humans gradually realized the potential of breeding plants and developed conscious methods of domestication and breeding. This approach involved selecting plants with randomness and uncertainty, often referred to as domestication breeding or breeding 1.0. Domestication breeding has significant significance for agricultural development and food supply, driving human progress and agricultural advancements.

Variation populations; Phenotype selection; Breeding 2.0; Plant breeding
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