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  • Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests

    Plant biology professor Ray Ming and his colleagues discovered that papaya cultivation 4,000 years ago likely led to the evolution of hermaphrodite plants, which are favored by growers today.

    Plant biology professor Ray Ming and his colleagues discovered that papaya cultivation 4,000 years ago likely led to the evolution of hermaphrodite plants, which are favored by growers today.

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  • To reach Ray Ming, call 217-333-1221; email rayming@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Origin and domestication of papaya Yh chromosome,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.