However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo.
Sericulturalists preparing silkworms for spinning of the silk Two insectsthe silkworm and the western honey beehave been domesticated for over 5, years, often for commercial use. The silkworm is raised for the silk threads wound around its pupal cocoon; the western honey bee, for honeyand, lately, for pollination of crops.
Few have a long history of domestication. Most are used for food or other products such as shellac and cochineal. The phyla involved are CnidariaPlatyhelminthes for biological controlAnnelidaMolluscaArthropoda marine crustaceans as well as insects and spidersand Echinodermata.
While many marine molluscs are used for food, only a few have been domesticated, including squidcuttlefish and octopusall used in research on behaviour and neurology. Terrestrial snails in the genera Helix and Murex are raised for food. Several parasitic or parasitoidal insects including the fly Eucelatoriathe beetle Chrysolinaand the wasp Aphytis are raised for biological control.
Conscious or unconscious artificial selection has many effects on species under domestication; variability can readily be lost by inbreeding, selection against undesired traits, or genetic drift, while in Drosophila, variability in eclosion time when adults emerge has increased. List of domesticated plants The initial domestication of animals impacted most on the genes that controlled their behavior, but the initial domestication of plants impacted most on the genes that controlled their morphology seed size, plant architecture, dispersal mechanisms and their physiology timing of germination or ripening.
Wild wheat shatters and falls to the ground to reseed itself when ripe, but domesticated wheat stays on the stem for easier harvesting. This change was possible because of a random mutation in the wild populations at the beginning of wheat's cultivation.
Wheat with this mutation was harvested more frequently and became the seed for the next crop. Therefore, without realizing, early farmers selected for this mutation. The result is domesticated wheat, which relies on farmers for its reproduction and dissemination.
History of agriculture The earliest human attempts at plant domestication occurred in the Middle East. There is early evidence for conscious cultivation and trait selection of plants by pre-Neolithic groups in Syria: The domesticated bottle gourd reached the Americas from Asia by BCE, most likely due to the migration of peoples from Asia to America.
The first domesticated crops were generally annuals with large seeds or fruits. These included pulses such as peas and grains such as wheat. The Middle East was especially suited to these species; the dry-summer climate was conducive to the evolution of large-seeded annual plants, and the variety of elevations led to a great variety of species.
As domestication took place humans began to move from a hunter-gatherer society to a settled agricultural society. This change would eventually lead, some to years later, to the first city states and eventually the rise of civilization itself.
Continued domestication was gradual, a process of intermittent trial and error. Over time perennials and small trees including the apple and the olive were domesticated. Some plants, such as the macadamia nut and the pecanwere not domesticated until recently.
In other parts of the world very different species were domesticated. In the Americas squashmaizebeansand perhaps manioc also known as cassava formed the core of the diet. In East Asia milletriceand soy were the most important crops.
Some areas of the world such as Southern AfricaAustraliaCalifornia and southern South America never saw local species domesticated. Differences from wild plants[ edit ] Domesticated plants may differ from their wild relatives in many ways, including the way they spread to a more diverse environment and have a wider geographic range;  different ecological preference sun, water, temperature, nutrients, etc.
Traits that are being genetically improved[ edit ] There are many challenges facing modern farmers, including climate change, pests, soil salinity, drought, and periods with limited sunlight. With shifting climates comes shifting weather patterns, meaning that regions that could traditionally rely on a substantial amount of precipitation were, quite literally, left out to dry.
In light of these conditions, drought resistance in major crop plants has become a clear priority. Next, transferring these advantages to otherwise vulnerable crop plants.Rice-Duck Farming is an organic farming method where duck serves as the natural pesticides in rice paddies.
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