June 26, 2017

068 – Brassica oleracea – The Dog of the Plant World

Did you know that broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage are all the same species?  Just like dogs are highly-diverse members of the same species descended from a common ancestor, the members of Brassica oleracea also share a common genetic origin.  In this episode I’m joined by Dr. J. Chris Pires and his graduate students Makenzie Mabry and Shawn Abrahams from the University of Missouri.  We discuss the genetic origins of these crops, their evolution and genetic improvement trends.  

Follow them on Twitter at @KenzieMabry @AbrahamsRS @JChrisPires

and via the website https://pires.biology.missouri.edu/

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