Navigation Links
The closest relatives of papaya are 4 species from Mexico and Guatemala
Date:11/20/2013

For many decades, researchers thought the closest relatives of papaya were certain trees from the Andes, the so-called highland papayas. A study employing DNA sequences from all species of the papaya family instead revealed that the closest relatives of papaya are three herbaceous species and a small tree with stinging hairs occurring from Mexico to Guatemala and El Salvador. The stingy-haired tree in fact is only known from cloud forests in the Sierra de Juarez in Oaxaca, southern Mexico.

The three herbaceous species are well known to Mexicans living in the area, and Mexican botanists had figured out their correct names some time ago. This was overlooked, however, in the most recent treatment, resulting in an erroneous merging and choice of names of two species.

In a paper published in PhytoKeys, Carvalho and Renner clarify the species boundaries, illustrate the least known species, and provide a key to all taxa comprising the papaya sister group.

"Before our studies the closest relatives of papaya were known only by local people living along the areas where these plants are growing. These people could never imagine they were eating a close relative of the famous papaya because the fruits and leaves are very unlike."comments Dr. Carvalho. "For some people is hard to believe that the highland papayas from the Andes are not closer related to papaya than are these Mesoamerican herbs. However, the fact that the closest relatives of papaya are endemic to Central America coincides with the distribution of the wild-form of the crop, which has much smaller fruits and thinner pulp than the ones we can buy in supermarkets."


'/>"/>

Contact: Fernanda Antunes Carvalho
antunesfc@gmail.com
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Eyeless Australian fish have closest relatives in Madagascar
2. Bottlenose dolphin leaders more likely to lead relatives than unrelated individuals
3. Scientists discover distant relatives of gardeners friend
4. Captive hyenas outfox wild relatives
5. Time is ticking for some crops wild relatives
6. Researchers look to relatives for clues in quest to develop sources of bioenergy
7. Ancient whale species sheds new light on its modern relatives
8. Papaya-clay combo could cut cost of water purification in developing countries
9. Origin of species: Protein imbalances doom hybrids
10. China National Genebank initiates collaboration to sequence transcriptomes of 1,000 fish species
11. The Gorgons of the eastern Pacific: scientists describe 2 new gorgonian soft coral species
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
The closest relatives of papaya are 4 species from Mexico and Guatemala
(Date:11/27/2018)... and CARLSBAD, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... November 27, ... ... Wiley & Sons. The companies have worked together to integrate the LabArchives ... and students. The combined offering will be available beginning January of 2019. ...
(Date:11/20/2018)... ... November 19, 2018 , ... SF Bay Cosmetic ... the first and only non-invasive buttock lift procedure, with no injections necessary! Utilizing ... tone and firm the buttocks to provide a safe and completely non-invasive alternative ...
(Date:11/16/2018)... PHILLADELPHIA (PRWEB) , ... November 16, 2018 , ... ... Jr., P.G., was awarded the International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA’s) IBWA/Shayron Barnes-Selby ... week. , IBWA’s Advocacy Award, named “The Selby” after longtime IBWA contributor Shayron ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/13/2018)... ... December 13, 2018 , ... Microbial Discovery ... ingredient. This has been part of their strategic plan and an important milestone ... creates custom fermentation opportunities for MDG within the $44 Billion human probiotic market. ...
(Date:12/5/2018)... ... December 04, 2018 , ... ... American full-service contract research organization (CRO), announced the acquisition of CCA Clinical ... ARG’s reach and experience in the management of clinical trials. , Founded ...
(Date:11/20/2018)... British Columbia (PRWEB) , ... November 19, 2018 ... ... (ISBER) is pleased to announce the release of the Chinese translation of Best ... in January 2018, is a practice-changing publication aimed at advancing the science of ...
(Date:11/13/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... November 13, 2018 , ... Renowned Honolulu ... patients on the island of Kauai. Dr. Leadbeater, of Kahala Pet Hospital ... since 2009. Recently, he began traveling to the island of Kauai on an ...
Breaking Biology Technology: