A paper just out on the domestication of pearl millet gives me the chance to acknowledge the terrific amount of work on domestication of West African crops going on in Yves Vigouroux‘s lab.
- Yam: Molecular basis of African yam domestication: analyses of selection point to root development, starch biosynthesis, and photosynthesis related genes.
- African rice: The Rise and Fall of African Rice Cultivation Revealed by Analysis of 246 New Genomes. More here.
- Pearl millet: A western Sahara centre of domestication inferred from pearl millet genomes.
- Fonio: High selfing rate inferred for white fonio [Digitaria exilis (Kippist.) Stapf] reproductive system opens up opportunities for breeding programs.