Independent Origins of Cultivated Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) in the Old World Tropics – BF. Gunn, L. Baudouin, KM. Olsen – PLos ONE 6(6):e21143

As a portable source of food, water, fuel, and construction materials, the coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) played a fundamental role in human migrations and the development of civilization across the humid tropics. In this article the authors investigated the coconut’s domestication history and its population genetic structure as it relates to human dispersal patterns.

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