Dawn of crops


By Kurt Kleiner AGRICULTURE wasn’t invented in the Jordan Valley, but 800 kilometres to the north on the borders of Syria and Turkey, say Israeli scientists. Recent genetic evidence from wheat and lentils shows that edible plants were first domesticated somewhere within a 200-kilometre circle on the upper reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Some researchers have proposed the Jordan Valley and adjacent areas as the “cradle of agriculture”,
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