Muntries: the domestication and improvement of Kunzea pomifera

Page, Tony (2004) Muntries: the domestication and improvement of Kunzea pomifera. Report. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT.

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Abstract

The Australian flora contains a number of species related to current crop species (Brown and Brubaker 2000) and a large number of species with edible fruit, seed, leaf and roots, which provided, sustenance to, and were highly valued by, Aboriginal peoples (Low 1991). The little work, undertaken to domesticate Australian edible plant species in recent history, may reflect our failure to, appreciate the value of such species, rather than a deficiency in the species amenability for, domestication. Thus present day challenges appear to be offered to the agriculturalist and, horticulturalist to evaluate the potential for, and possibly effect, domestication of certain species of, the Australian flora. Of particular interest in this undertaking, is the possibility for domestication of, species that have the potential to broaden the culinary and nutritional composition of the human diet, both in Australia and worldwide. It is in this context that the present study was undertaken, to, examine the potential for the domestication of Kunzea pomifera (muntries) by providing a detailed, knowledge of aspects of the species such as its breeding system, plant morphological and molecular, variation and the potential for successful vegetative propagation, which were considered relevant to, evaluating the feasibility for its domestication.

Item ID: 29025
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-642-58693-3
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ISSN: 1440-6845

Also presented at the Page, Tony, Moore, GM, Will, J, and Halloran, GM (2002) Domestication and improvement of Kunzea pomifera (F.Muell) Muntries. In: IPPS (52), pp. 155-161. From: International Plant Propagators Society Australian Conference, 2002.

Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 01:51
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0706 Horticultural Production > 070602 Horticultural Crop Improvement (Selection and Breeding) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820299 Horticultural Crops not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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