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Reconstructing wheat evolution using ancient DNA

The University of Adelaide
Australian Research Council
Wilkinson, Prof Michael J; Breen, Dr James M; Higham, Dr Thomas F; Pinhasi, Dr Ron

Project Summary

The domestication of wild grasses by farmers was a step change in human history; it led to the emergence of modern cereals and with them, western civilisation. This project will apply modern DNA sequencing methods to 5000-year-old cereal seeds to reconstruct the history of wheat, barley and other crops, and identify lost ancient forms and diversity.