Domestication of trees or forests: development pathways for fruit tree production in South-east Asia

K.F. Wiersum

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the question of how the fruit tree cultivation system can best meet present environmental and ecological concerns. The process of change from the wild to domesticated state is highlighted. The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the process of domestication of fruit trees as a coevolutionary process between tree characteristics and production systems. The following questions will be discussed. What are the general characteristics of the process of plant domestication? What specific forms of coevolution between trees and production systems can be distinguished for fruit trees? What is the significance of 'intermediate' phases in this coevolutionary process? What conclusions can be drawn regarding new aspects needing attention in the process of domestication of fruit trees?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous fruit trees in the tropics; domestication, utilization and commercialization
EditorsF.K. Akinnifesi, R.R.B. Leakey, O.C. Ajaui, G. Sileshi, Z. Tchoundjeu, P. Matakala, F.R. Kwesiga
Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
PublisherCABI
Chapter4
Pages70-83
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781845931100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Wiersum, K. F. (2008). Domestication of trees or forests: development pathways for fruit tree production in South-east Asia. In F. K. Akinnifesi, R. R. B. Leakey, O. C. Ajaui, G. Sileshi, Z. Tchoundjeu, P. Matakala, & F. R. Kwesiga (Eds.), Indigenous fruit trees in the tropics; domestication, utilization and commercialization (pp. 70-83). CABI. https://doi.org/10.1079/9781845931100.0070