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Maize (Corn) May Have Been Domesticated In Mexico As Early As 10,000 Years Ago
Science Daily ^ | 6-27-2008 | American Society of Plant Biologists

Posted on 06/29/2008 2:03:58 PM PDT by blam

Maize (Corn) May Have Been Domesticated In Mexico As Early As 10,000 Years Ago

Various unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America. (Credit: Photo by Keith Weller / courtesy of USDA/Agricultural Research Service)

ScienceDaily (June 27, 2008) — The ancestors of maize originally grew wild in Mexico and were radically different from the plant that is now one of the most important crops in the world. While the evidence is clear that maize was first domesticated in Mexico, the time and location of the earliest domestication and dispersal events are still in dispute.

Now, in addition to more traditional macrobotanical and archeological remains, scientists are using new genetic and microbotanical techniques to distinguish domesticated maize from its wild relatives as well as to identify ancient sites of maize agriculture. These new analyses suggest that maize may have been domesticated in Mexico as early as 10,000 years ago.

Dr. John Jones and his colleagues, Mary Pohl, and Kevin Pope, have evaluated multiple lines of evidence, including paleobotanical remains such as pollen, phytoliths, and starch grains, as well as genetic analyses, to reconstruct the early history of maize agriculture. Dr. Jones, of the Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Pullman, will be presenting this work at a symposium on Maize Biology at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists in Mérida, Mexico (June 28, 2008).

While macrobotanical remains such as maize kernels, cobs, and leaves have been found in dry mountain caves, such remains are not preserved in more humid lowland areas, so the conclusions based on such remains are fragmentary. Much smaller parts of the maize plant, like cellular silica deposits, called phytoliths, and pollen and starch grains, are preserved under both humid and dry conditions. These lines of evidence, along with genetic and archeological data,

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KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; corn; dietandcuisine; domesticated; godsgravesglyphs; huntergatherers; maize; mexico

1 posted on 06/29/2008 2:03:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Ancient Mexican Maize Varieties

2 posted on 06/29/2008 2:06:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Well, now the Mexicans will be wanting a cut from every bushel sold!


3 posted on 06/29/2008 2:07:12 PM PDT by dbacks (Taglines for sale or rent.)
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To: blam

Maize Mash Stills maay have first appeared 99,999 years ago.


4 posted on 06/29/2008 2:10:45 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: blam

alton brown (tv show good eats on the food nerwork) is pleased.


5 posted on 06/29/2008 2:25:07 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (green is the new mean)
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To: blam

Maize, what you pale faces call corn. For those of you too young to remember that’s from a T.V. commercial in the 70’s. But I don’t think the young lady used the term “pale face” but it’s what she meant.


6 posted on 06/29/2008 2:36:58 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: blam

I like my maize domestic... from Kentucky... Neat.


7 posted on 06/29/2008 2:56:50 PM PDT by Tim n Texas
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To: Terry Mross
"We call it 'maize'. You call it 'corn'."

Not nearly as insidious as you seem to recall.
8 posted on 06/29/2008 3:01:15 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: blam

They had maizeahol back then, too.


9 posted on 06/29/2008 3:12:27 PM PDT by Nick Danger (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: dbacks

...kinda like the french and their wines...LOL.


10 posted on 06/29/2008 4:00:04 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: blam

btt


11 posted on 06/29/2008 4:41:41 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: martin_fierro; Gabz; Coleus; Monkey Face; blam; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

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12 posted on 06/30/2008 6:06:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: blam

We have several corn mazes every summer ‘round these parts...


13 posted on 06/30/2008 6:14:59 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Friends with umbrellas are outstanding in the rain.)
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To: blam; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; ...

Gardening Ping!!!!

I’m putting in 3 more varieties of maize today, including a multicolored and a blue “popcorn.”


14 posted on 06/30/2008 6:20:32 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my dad I'm a lobbyist, he thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz
I'm amaized this is just being discovered...
15 posted on 06/30/2008 6:36:30 AM PDT by tubebender (Why does a round pizza come in a square box?)
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To: SunkenCiv
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Om Nom Nom Nom.

16 posted on 06/30/2008 6:59:58 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: tubebender

Punny!!!!! LOL!


17 posted on 06/30/2008 7:35:54 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my dad I'm a lobbyist, he thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Terry Mross
" We have hundreds of ways to prepare it...

Maize
18 posted on 06/30/2008 7:40:48 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: blam

I’m growing a variety of corn called ‘Kandy Korn’ this year. Anyone else had any luck with this type?

Like almost everyone else, we’ve had some tough weather this year, so there will be no knee high by the 4th of July corn. The farmer’s corn in the field behind us is about the same size. I’m hoping we get a few ears before the snow falls again. :)


19 posted on 06/30/2008 8:17:14 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: mplsconservative
Kandy Korn is a favorite for many people but is has a long maturity date so I grow either Quickie or Trinity for our short season here on Humboldt Bay
20 posted on 06/30/2008 8:20:38 AM PDT by tubebender (Why does a round pizza come in a square box?)
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To: Gabz

maize is on tonight’s dinner menu :)


21 posted on 06/30/2008 8:27:28 AM PDT by leda (don't forget the baby shoes)
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To: tubebender

Uh oh. Our season is very short here in MN, even shorter due to the cool, wet spring.

I’ve been gardening for 20 years but my expertise is in perennial flowers.

Thanks for the recommendations of short season varieties of corn. I will try those next year.


22 posted on 06/30/2008 8:28:16 AM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: leda

We had it night before last.


23 posted on 06/30/2008 8:34:27 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my dad I'm a lobbyist, he thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: tubebender
Silver Queen is a favorite variety around here.(Mobile)
24 posted on 06/30/2008 10:03:38 AM PDT by blam
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To: Gabz

it was actually on sale at the store this weekend.
i guess it’s eat it while we can still afford it time.


25 posted on 06/30/2008 10:49:30 AM PDT by leda (don't forget the baby shoes)
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To: mplsconservative
"I’m growing a variety of corn called ‘Kandy Korn’ this year. Anyone else had any luck with this type?"

Yep. That's one of my best sellers at Jung's. My 'Norwegian Bachelor Farmer' boyfriends swear by it. :)

Shameless plug: http://www.jungseed.com Kandy Korn

26 posted on 06/30/2008 5:11:48 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: martin_fierro

My cat will do that if I roll a rat in melted butter and hold it for her, LOL! (Very, very CUTE!)


27 posted on 06/30/2008 5:13:17 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: mplsconservative

But I agree with the other posters. You have an even shorter growing season than I do, so you do need to go with a quicker producer.

But, you never know! We might have a nice, long, warm Fall before we get another 100” of snow dumped on our heads as we did last year! :)


28 posted on 06/30/2008 5:16:08 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: martin_fierro

Wow. When that ear costs $10, that cat will go through the withdraws. ;’)


29 posted on 06/30/2008 6:50:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Gabz

Thanks for the ping.


30 posted on 07/11/2008 3:51:36 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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