Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 165–174 | Cite as

Origin and domestication of Lactuca sativa L.

  • I.M. de Vries


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 complex domestication Lactuca sativa L. lettuce origin 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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