Already copy/pasted was thinking of starting a New thread thanks
I have to ask In the article they state
" People passing the silk road discarded apples cores on the way , and they crossed naturally with wild crab apples giving us the Apple we know today"
I think it could of been the case in some cases,
but I people if passing through probably put more value on seeds
probably purposely planted seeds , and wanted to go back each time, and harvest apples
(just saying, but that would of muddied up the article)
(below if this is the case with the Genes If a apple is off a little could back cross, to try to get the Numbers for a desert apple if that’s what your after (see below in BOLD)
The analysis reveals that about 46 percent of the domestic apple genome comes from the Kazakhstan population of the Malus sieversii , while 21 percent comes from the European crabapple, Malus sylvestris; the other 33 percent of the domestic apple’s genome comes from uncertain origins.
According to the press release, while the modern apple may contain more genomes from Malus sieversii, they are nevertheless much more similar in flavor and texture to crab apples than to their Kazakh foreapples*.* “For the ancestral species, Malus sieversii, the fruits are generally much larger than other wild apples. They are also soft and have a very plain flavor that people don’t like much,” Bai says.
Having the genomes of so many apples will help apple breeders figure out how to produce larger, juicier, insect and disease-resistant apples more quickly. Davis reports the discovery that the Xinjiang population of Malus sieversii has not been subjected to domestication means those apples may hold a reservoir of traits that could also help improve domestic apples*.* “Those apples are not getting involved in any of the domestic apples – they are a lost jewel hidden there in the Xinjiang area,” Bai says.
Malus Domestica found the fruit was incredibly complex with about 57,000 genes—the highest of any plant genome studied thus far. Humans, by comparison, 19,000 Genes )