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Volume 12 Number 1 March 2001

Genetic Evidence and the Origin of Maize
Jeff Bennetzen, Edward Buckler, Vicki Chandler, John Doebley, Jane Dorweiler, Brandon Gaut, Michael Freeling, Sarah Hake, Elizabeth Kellogg, R. Scott Poethig, Virginia Walbot, and Susan Wessler

Abstract

The origin of maize has been a topic of interest to both biologists and archaeologists. During the twentieth century, the viewpoint that maize is a domesticated form of teosinte received convincing support from biological data and is now broadly accepted among biologists familiar with the issues and data. There is no support of any kind for an alternative view that maize is the hybrid of the grasses Zea diploperennis and Tripsacum.

Resumen

El origen del maíz ha sido un tema de interés tanto a los biólogos como a los arqueólogos. Durante el siglo veinte, la punta de vista que el maíz es una forma de teocintle domesticada ha recibido apoyo convincente de datos biológicos y hoy día es aceptado ampliamente entre los biólogos quienes conocen bien del tema y los datos. No hay apoyo de cualquier tipo en favor del propósito que el maíz es un hibrido de Zea diploperennis y Tripsacum.

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