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Population Genetics

Chang, Chi-Shan [1], Liu, Hsiao-Lei [2], Moncada, Ximena [3], Seelenfreund, Andrea [4], Seelenfreund, Daniela [5], Chung, Kuo-Fang [2].

Phylogeographic structure of paper mulberry within the native range suggests Taiwanese origin of Austronesian expansion into the Pacific.

Paper mulberry is a common and widespread tree in its native range in East Asia. It is particularly valued as a fiber source for paper, bark cloth and medicinal properties. Taiwan is regarded as the ancestral homeland of the Polynesian people, and paper mulberry was introduced by the first Austronesian language speaking colonizers into the Pacific region. Archaeological and linguistic evidence suggest that paper mulberry has a tight relationship to the dispersal of bark cloth culture, which is present in the Pacific and particularly in Polynesia. In this study we analyze the geographic pattern of genetic variation of paper mulberry in its natural habitat and identify the genealogical relationship of paper mulberry from the Pacific to its origin in Taiwan.

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1 - National Museum of Prehistory, Taitung, 95060, Taiwan
2 - National Taiwan University, School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
3 - Centro de Estudios de Zonas Aridas (CEAZA), La Serena, Chile
4 - Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Escuela de Antropología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Santiago, Chile
5 - Universidad de Chile, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacéuticas, Santiago, Chile

bark cloth
Broussonetia papyrifera
commensal approach

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 6
Location: Pines South/Boise Centre
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM
Number: 6005
Abstract ID:776
Candidate for Awards:None

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