The Taming of Plants: Domestication of the Food Species We Eat


WHEN February 4, 2019
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

Domestication is a co-evolutionary process that occurs when wild plants are brought into cultivation by humans starting about 12,000 years ago, leading to the origin of new species that we depend on for our food and clothing. How did humans accomplish this? How do crop plants evolve to adapt to humans and new environments? What genes are important for crops to adapt as they spread around the world? This talk examines how insights into the origin and variation of crop species can help us in developing new varieties (and possibly even new species) to deal with current and future environmental challenges in a sustainable manner.

  • Michael Purugganan, Silver Professor; Professor of Biology; Dean for Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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