Farmers Were Genetic Breeders 10,000 Years Ago



From New Scientist:

“Chinese rice farmers 10,000 years ago were early pioneers of modern genetic breeding. Like modern breeders they seemed to realise that shorter plants would produce higher yields, and unwittingly selected for mutations in a gene that shrinks rice stems: the stalkier plants produce more grain without falling over.”


Farmers were genetic breeders 10,000 years ago – environment – 06 June 2011 – New Scientist.