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Bananas and People in the homeland of Genus Musa: not just pretty fruit

Kennedy, Jean

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Bananas, perhaps the most recognizable of fruits, are nowhere more genetically diverse than in the southwest Pacific, where parthenocarpic fruit originated according to recent biomolecular evidence. In the wider Indo-Malesian area, homeland of the genus Musa L., understanding the domestication of bananas must include consideration of a much greater range of Musa species than just the few implicated in the parentage of the modern cultivars with seedless fruit. Despite ethnobotanical evidence...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Jean
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:50:45Z
dc.identifier.issn1547-3465
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/58746
dc.description.abstractBananas, perhaps the most recognizable of fruits, are nowhere more genetically diverse than in the southwest Pacific, where parthenocarpic fruit originated according to recent biomolecular evidence. In the wider Indo-Malesian area, homeland of the genus Musa L., understanding the domestication of bananas must include consideration of a much greater range of Musa species than just the few implicated in the parentage of the modern cultivars with seedless fruit. Despite ethnobotanical evidence that the genus has been valued for many more products than the edible fruit, the role of other products in the process of domestication is seldom considered. As well as documenting the development and spread of seedless cultivars, we need to develop models of the fundamental Indo-Malesian practices through which the greater range of species and products, seeds and all, were managed in diverse socio-cultural and environmental circumstances.
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawaii
dc.sourceEthnobotony Research and Applications
dc.subjectKeywords: Musa
dc.titleBananas and People in the homeland of Genus Musa: not just pretty fruit
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor070699 - Horticultural Production not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor210102 - Archaeological Science
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4105084xPUB456
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKennedy, Jean, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage179
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage197
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:35:49Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-73649114237
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