, Volume 40, Issue 1–2, pp 147–154 | Cite as

Interactions between wild and cultivated carrots (Daucus carota L.) in the Netherlands

  • E. H. M. Wijnheijmer
  • W. A. Brandenburg
  • S. J. Ter Borg


An investigation was made into the causes why bolters occur in carrot cultivation. In the first year of cultivation blooming plants are the result of a gene flow from wild to cultivated carrots. Hybridization may occur in areas where cultivated carrots are grown for seed production. Apart from bolters producing inedible roots such hybridization also causes a decline in quality of cultivated carrots in general. Small changes in morphological and phenological characteristics of the wild carrot are due to introgression from the cultivated carrot.

Key words

Daucus carota cultivated carrot wild carrot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. H. M. Wijnheijmer
    • 1
  • W. A. Brandenburg
    • 1
  • S. J. Ter Borg
    • 2
  1. 1.AU Dept. of Plant TaxonomyWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.AU Dept. of Vegetation Science, Plant Ecology and Weed ScienceWageningenThe Netherlands

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