Genetic Diversity

Unravelling the domestication history of crop species.

Genealogy of varieties, structure of the germplasm, and signatures of selection provide useful information for unravelling the history of domestication and cultivation of crop species. We investigate these issues in traditional fruit crops such as grapevine, olive, and Citrus, as well as in forest species.

Our scientific interest is to :

  • describe the level and structure of intraspecific genetic diversity; 
  • reconstruct the network of pedigree relationships from ancient to modern varieties; 
  • identify the impact of human selection on the genome of domesticated fruit crops;

These crops are integral to culture of the Old World. Their geographical pattern of genetic diversity reflects the history of ancient people and cultures that moved across the Mediterranean in the past 5,000 years.