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Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New research compiled by Iowa State University scientists, in conjunction with researchers from the University of Georgia, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, details how the process of domestication affected the genomes of corn and soybeans. The study looked at sections of crop genomes and compared them to the genomes of ancestor species. The results shed new light on what makes a species a good candidate for domestication.