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?
|Title of host publication||Indigenous fruit trees in the tropics; domestication, utilization and commercialization|
|Editors||F.K. Akinnifesi, R.R.B. Leakey, O.C. Ajaui, G. Sileshi, Z. Tchoundjeu, P. Matakala, F.R. Kwesiga|
|Place of Publication||Wallingford, UK|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
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