Navigation Links
Tahitian vanilla originated in Maya forests, says UC Riverside botanist
Date:8/21/2008

ubinsky and his colleagues obtained confirmed that the closest relatives to Tahitian vanilla, from among 40 different Vanilla species they analyzed from across the world, were two species that grow naturally only in the tropical forests of Central America: Vanilla planifolia and Vanilla odorata. V. planifolia is also the primary species cultivated for commercial vanilla, and is grown principally in Madagascar and Indonesia. V. odorata has never been cultivated.

Yet, even with this initial genetic data, the researchers faced a conundrum. They could find no Tahitian vanilla growing wild in Guatemala, which is where its closest relatives grew. The researchers decided to give their genetic data a second look. This time, by comparing patterns of relatedness in DNA sequences from both the nucleus and the chloroplast (a plant cell's photosynthetic factory), they discovered that Tahitian vanilla fit the pattern of being a hybrid offspring between V. planifolia and V. odorata.

"And that's where the Maya cultivators come in," Lubinsky explained. "The pre-Columbian Maya had been managing their forests for millennia to cultivate cacao and to make chocolate, and we know they were also cultivating vanilla to use it as a chocolate spice. The Maya created these forest gardens by introducing different types of species of wild cacao and vanilla from the surrounding forests, which meant that species that had previously been geographically separated were then able to hybridize because they were in the same place. That's the scenario we present in our research paper for how Tahitian vanilla got started. It is an evolutionary product, but also a Maya artifact."

Seung-Chul Kim, an assistant professor of systematics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and a coauthor on the research paper, served as an adviso
'/>"/>

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UC Riverside bioengineer receives high honor from chemical engineers
2. UC Riverside to host conference on stricter air quality standards for Southern California
3. Chemicals used as fire retardants could be harmful, UC-Riverside researchers say
4. UC-Riverside partners with Chinese university to address Chinas environmental problems
5. UC Riverside biologist receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
6. UF botanists: Flowering plants evolved very quickly into 5 groups
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Tahitian vanilla originated in Maya forests, says UC Riverside botanist
(Date:7/31/2014)... same week that the U.S. surgeon general issued a ... at Montana State University published a paper breaking new ... every cell responds when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) ... damage by the UV rays found in sunlight. This ... degenerative eye diseases. , "Our paper advances foundational ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... White, brown and beige adipocytes, or fat cells, are ... functions and each plays its own role in metabolism. ... far the most prevalent. Its primary function is energy ... energy to generate heat but are only found in ... adipocytes, which represent a special type of brown adipocytes, ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... is paving the way for a breakthrough that ... troops exposed to poisonous chemicalsparticularly those in pesticides ... the current issue of the journal ChemBioChem ... are compounds commonly used in pesticides and warfare ... School of Engineering Associate Professor of Chemical and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New paper describes how DNA avoids damage from UV light 2New paper describes how DNA avoids damage from UV light 3Hope for the overweight 2Engineering a protein to prevent brain damage from toxic agents 2
... The death of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas ... Texas now have discovered a new way that these cells ... other pancreatic cells. "Our study shows that neighboring cells ... This was an unexpected finding," said Franco Folli, M.D., Ph.D., ...
... (NIFA) has awarded a consortium of land-grant institutions in ... Coordinated Agricultural Grant to study the effects of climate ... announcement, Paul Winistorfer, dean of the College of Natural ... climate change mitigation and adaptation as it relates to ...
... to increased well-being in adulthood, new research finds. ... childhood and mental health problems, but little research has examined ... time, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC ... between a positive adolescence and well-being in midlife. Using ...
Cached Biology News:Scientists find a new way insulin-producing cells die 2Virginia Tech shares in grant to study effects of climate change on southern pine forests 2Virginia Tech shares in grant to study effects of climate change on southern pine forests 3Virginia Tech shares in grant to study effects of climate change on southern pine forests 4Happy children make happy adults 2
(Date:7/31/2014)... July 31, 2014 Research and Markets ... Genomics Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. ... is the study of the genetic material or genomes ... strong basis for the discovery and development of diagnostic ... or health conditions. Genomics is supported by three major ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... Held at the Stanford Cancer Center, ... of the disease and its treatment. Survivors will find ... well as updates on the state-of-the-art with respect to ... for organizing this educational opportunity,” says KCA CEO Bill ... her colleagues have put together a program that balances ...
(Date:7/31/2014)... , July 31, 2014   BioLife Solutions ... developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical grade ... and precision thermal shipping products for cells ... quarter 2014 financial results will be released on Thursday, ... a conference call and live webcast at 4:30 p.m. ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... LA JOLLA, Calif. , July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... RGLS ), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and ... it will report financial results and highlights for the ... 2014, after the U.S. financial markets close. ... on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 5:00 pm Eastern ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Genomics Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Life Technologies, Qiagen and Illumina 2BioLife Solutions to Report Financial Results for Second Quarter 2014 and Provide Business Update on August 7, 2014 2Regulus Announces Timing for Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results Webcast and Conference Call 2Regulus Announces Timing for Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results Webcast and Conference Call 3
... aims to reach five million in five years, ... DGX ), the nation,s leading provider of diagnostic,testing information ... designed to help increase compliance with take-home colorectal,screening tests. ... Have,the Guts?," the campaign aims to break down barriers ...
... To Be Held Tuesday, April 1, 2008 At 10:00 a.m. Eastern ... ... March 31 Alseres,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALSE ) today reported ... highlights., (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070608/NEF043LOGO ), "2007 was a ...
... ... 31 Cephalon, Inc.,(Nasdaq: CEPH ) has scheduled its regular quarterly earnings conference call,covering first ... ... Q1 2008 results will be distributed by PRNewswire 4:50 p.m. EDT To ...
Cached Biology Technology:Quest Diagnostics Campaign Challenges Colorectal Cancer Screening Status Quo 2Quest Diagnostics Campaign Challenges Colorectal Cancer Screening Status Quo 3Quest Diagnostics Campaign Challenges Colorectal Cancer Screening Status Quo 4Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 2Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 3Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 4Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 5Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 6Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 7Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 8Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 9Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Reports 2007 Financial Results and Provides Company Highlights 10
... is a direct antibiotic-based selection system for ... colony survival, eliminating the need for costly ... provides close to 100% accuracy in recombinant ... for robot colony picking. This cloning ...
...
The F40 pump maintenance kit is used to service one F40 pump of a BioLogic DuoFlow workstation. It includes 2 piston seals, 4 check valves, seal removal tool, and 2 O-rings....
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant ZNF167. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = ZNF167...
Biology Products: