Evolving Thoughts

Evolution, culture, philosophy and chocolate! John Wilkins' continuing struggle to come to terms with impermanence... "Humanus sum, nihil humanum a me alienum puto" - Terence

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Evolution and the potato

In a new report, it seems that evolutionary phylogenetic methods have uncovered that the humble potato was domesticated just once, from a wild root in southern Peru. Why does this matter? Well, if it comes from one locale, it is more susceptible to a single pathogen. As potatoes are one of the most widely used staple crops in the world, that could be rather important.

Also in PNAS, a number of other items to do with evolution. Shucks, you'd almost think nothing in biology made sense except in the light of evolution.

and so on...