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Spinacia spp. in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, 2008
Collectors: C. Kik and L.J.M. van Soest (Netherlands), F.O. Khassanov and M. Aripdzhanov (Uzbekistan), and H. Hisoriev (Tajikistan)
The present expedition was carried out in Central Asia as this area is known to be part of the biodiversity centre of Spinacia turkestanica. During a one month mission, in total 30 populations were collected in Tajikistan and 38 populations in Uzbekistan. Sixty-six populations of S. turkestanica and two populations of S. oleracea were collected. Particulary rich areas were the valley in between Lokhur and Isambay in Tajikistan and the area north of Samarkand around Gallaoral (Kusa, Zaamin and Bakhmal) in Uzbekistan.
- van Treuren R., L. de Groot, H. Hisoriev, F. Khassanov, V. Farzaliyev, G. Melyan, I. Gabrielyan, L. van Soest, C. Tulmans, D. Courand, J. de Visser, R. Kimura, J. C. Boshoven, T. Kanda, R. Goossens, M. Verhoef, J. Dijkstra & C. Kik (2019). Acquisition and regeneration of Spinacia turkestanica and S. tetrandra to improve a spinach genebank collection. GRACE 67, 549-559; doi.org/10.1007/s10722-019-00792-8.
- Ribera A., Y. Bai, A.M.A. Wolters, R. van Treuren & C Kik (2020).. A review on the genetic resources, domestication and breeding history of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.). Euphytica 216, 48; doi.org/10.1007/s10681-020-02585-y.
- Ribera A., R. van Treuren, C. Kik, Y. Bai & A.M.A. Wolters (2021). On the origin and dispersal of cultivated spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.). GRACE 68, 1023-1032; doi.org/10.1007/s10722-020-01042-y.
- Gyawali, S., G. Bhattarai, A. Shi, C. Kik & L.J. du Toit (2021). Genetic diversity, structure, and selective sweeps in Spinacia turkestanica associated with the domestication of cultivated spinach. Frontiers in Genetics 12: 740437. doi.org: 10.3389/fgene.2021.740437.