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DNA sleuth hunts wine roots in Anatolia
Agence France Press (via Google Hosted News) ^ | 11-27-2012 | Suzanne Mustacich

Posted on 11/27/2012 2:05:44 PM PST by Renfield

ELAZIG, Turkey — There are easier places to make wine than the spectacular, desolate landscapes of southeast Turkey, but DNA analysis suggests it is here that Stone Age farmers first domesticated the wine grape.

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"We wanted to collect samples from wild and cultivated grape vines from the Near East -- that means southeastern Anatolia, Armenia and Georgia -- to see in which place the wild grape was, genetically speaking, linked the closest to the cultivated variety."

"It turned out to be southeastern Anatolia," the Asian part of modern Turkey, said Vouillamoz, speaking at the EWBC wine conference in the Turkish city of Izmir this month. "We propose the hypothesis that it is most likely the first place of grape vine domestication."...

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TOPICS: Agriculture; History; Science
KEYWORDS: agriculture; anatolia; dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; grapes; helixmakemineadouble; oenology; turkey; wine; winemaking; zymurgy

1 posted on 11/27/2012 2:05:51 PM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 11/27/2012 2:06:40 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Islam: Nothing a good glass of wine couldn’t cure!


3 posted on 11/27/2012 2:31:52 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Working is for suckers.)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. I hope they find a pile of prehistoric corks. ;')

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 11/28/2012 7:39:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. I hope they find a pile of prehistoric corks. ;')

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 7:40:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Soooo many of the crops we cultivate today originated in that part of the world.


6 posted on 11/29/2012 1:31:10 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

While I did not agree with much of the author’s analysis, the book “Guns, Germs, and Steel” is definitely worth a read for a good summary of ancient civilization technology and development.


7 posted on 11/29/2012 2:13:35 PM PST by Stat-boy
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