Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 165–174

Origin and domestication of Lactuca sativa L.

  • I.M. de Vries

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008611200727

Cite this article as:
de Vries, I. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (1997) 44: 165. doi:10.1023/A:1008611200727


The domestication of lettuce, Lactuca sativa L. is described on the basis of literature study. The centre of origin is discussed. A historical survey is made of the distribution of the groups of Lactuca cultivars over the world.

crop-weed complexdomesticationLactuca sativa L.lettuceorigin

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • I.M. de Vries
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant TaxonomyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands