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by Luigi Guarino on October 8, 2012

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Richard Hardwick October 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Medieval emergence of sweet melons, Cucumis melo (Cucurbitaceae).

Good news — to celebrate the first ever Biology Week (13-19 October 2012) we can read this article for free.
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“Enjoy Free Content from Oxford Journals…”

Bad news — in spite of what they just promised, the Ann. Bot. link says today (middle of Biology Week) “You may access this article for 1 day for … … … … US$32.00.

Shurely shum mishtake?


Alun October 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Definitely a mistake. We’re chasing it up to see what’s happening.


Jeremy Cherfas October 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thanks. Knew you would be on it.


Pat Heslop-Harrison October 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Apologies – it is definitely freely available now. At the moment, we will make any paper freely accessible that is discussed in a blog or elsewhere!


Luigi Guarino October 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

Thanks, Pat. Good news after all.


Ian Dawson October 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Barley domestication: Tibet

Part of my work is on understanding cultivated barley origins, and this is an interesting paper. It does, however, have a number of limitations in how the results are presented and it is difficult (for me at least) to draw firm conclusions from the work.

For a fuller interpretation, the authors would really benefit from geo-referencing their samples, especially for the wild Tibet material they use. Does, for example, the genetic substructure they observe in this material correspond with the geography of Tibet?

Geo-referencing would also allow some environmental niche modelling of potential distribution, including in past climates, and this would facilitate comparison with wild barley further west… Clearly, there is much we need to learn.

The main point is… properly geo-referenced samples give so much more insight in a paper such as this…


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