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Modified Structures - 9 Modifications for Human Food Diversity Humans have, for thousands of years, "domesticated" plants for human consumption. Selective breeding, or artificial selection in evolutionary biology, to obtain varieties that are more productive, better suited to a given environment or even just "different", is a part of our human agricultural heritage. As discussed in Biology 211, recombinant DNA techniques now provide us with the ability to alter plants gene by gene to obtain characteristics valuable to our wants and needs.
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Unformatted text preview: One example of selective breeding, through "artificial selection" is the diversity of food products from the wild mustard plant, Brassica oleracea, is an excellent example of modifications of plants for our food diversity. Even more varieties are available today, such as selecting for anthocyanins and carotenes in cauliflower, many intermediates in broccoli (eg., broccolini and broccoflower), and leaf variations in kale....
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