Unformatted text preview: This limitation to productivity was solved in various ways, some genetic, some cultural, in different fruit crops. In date palms, early farmers discovered artificial pollination, and this is clearly illustrated in Assyrian bas reliefs (Fig. 5), with the practice codified in the Laws of Hammurabi, ca. 1750 BCE (Roth 2000): §64. If a man give his orchard to a gardener to pollinate (the date palms), as long as the gardener is in possession of the orchard, he shall give to the owner of the orchard two thirds of the yield of the orchard, and he himself shall take one third. §65 If the gardener does not pollinate the (date palms in the) orchard and thus diminishes the yield, the gardener (shall measure and deliver) a yield of the orchard to (the owner of the orchard in accordance with) his neighbor’s yield. In fig, the presence of the wild monoecious caprifig that harbored the pollinating blastid fig moth (caprification) was understood as essential for fig production by Theophrastus (371–287...
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