Back
 AJPS  Vol.4 No.10 , October 2013
On the Origin of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
Abstract: Phylogeographic methods provide the tools to accurately access the geographic origin and diversification of crop species. In the present commentary, I urge the common bean community to face those methods and a tree-thinking mentality with regards to the long standing debate of the origin of common bean. Such efforts will ultimately bring back interest into wild bean studies and reinforce the uniqueness of this species as a system to study diversification, domestication and adaptive processes across the two most diverse hotspots in the world.
Cite this paper: A.J. Cortés, "On the Origin of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)," American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 4 No. 10, 2013, pp. 1998-2000. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2013.410248.
References

[1]   M. W. Blair, A. Soler and A. J. Cortés, “Diversification and Population Structure in Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.),” Plos One, Vol. 7, 2012, Article ID: e49488. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0049488

[2]   E. Bitocchi, L. Nanni, E. Bellucci, et al., “Mesoamerican Origin of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Is Revealed by Sequence Data,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Vol. 109, No. 14, 2012, pp. 788-796. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1108973109

[3]   E. Bitocchi, E. Bellucci, A. Giardini, et al., “Molecular Analysis of the Parallel Domestication of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in Mesoamerica and the Andes,” New Phytologist, Vol. 197, 2013, pp. 300-313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04377.x

[4]   A. J. Cortés, F. Monserrate, J. Ramírez, et al., “Drought Tolerance in Wild Plant Populations: The Case of Common Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.),” Plos One, Vol. 8, 2013, Article ID: e62898. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062898

[5]   D. A. Baum, S. D. Smith and S. S. Donovan, “The Tree-Thinking Challenge,” Science, Vol. 310, No. 5750, 2005, pp. 979-980. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1117727

[6]   J. Salcedo-Castano, R. Araya-Villalobos, N. Castaneda-Alvarez, et al., “Phaseolus hygrophilus (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae), a New Wild Bean Species from the Wet Forests of Costa Rica, with Notes about Section Brevilegumeni,” Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Vol. 5, 2011, pp. 53-65.

[7]   A. J. Cortés, C. Chavarro and M. W. Blair, “SNP Marker Diversity in Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.),” Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Vol. 123, No. 5, 2011, pp. 827-845. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00122-011-1630-8

[8]   S. Whelan, P. Liò and N. Goldman, “Molecular Phylogenetics: State-of-the-Art Methods for Looking into the Past,” Trends in Genetics, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2001, pp. 262-272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-9525(01)02272-7

[9]   N. Myers, R. A. Mittermeier, C. G. Mittermeier, et al., “Biodiversity Hotspots for Conservation Priorities,” Nature, Vol. 403, 2000, pp. 853-858. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/35002501

 
 
Top