DailyDirt: A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place?

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Lawrence D’Oliveiro says:

Not Just Centuries, Millennia

There are no more wild citrus fruits.

Garlic cannot propagate without a human to dig it up and plant it again.

Wheat originated from a three-way hybrid between species of grass. Its big seeds are nutritious to humans, but are too big to spread on the wind the way the original species could. So it needs humans to spread it.

And now it turns out that grafting parts of different plants together—a very old agricultural technique—can cause genetic modification to take place!

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