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Basic Genetic Research in Gossypium

Joshua A. Lee


Work on cotton taxonomy dates back to the 18th century when Linneaus delineated the genus Gossypium and described the four cultivated species Gossypium arboreum L. and Gossypium herbaceum L. of the Old World and Gossypium barbadense L. and Gossypium hirsutum L. of the New World. Over the ensuing years many species of Gossypium were described by various workers. In the second decade of the 20th century, chromosome numbers began to have impact upon the delineation of species in Gossypium, heralding in a more conservative approach to taxonomy and a diminishing number of species.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 519 - 522
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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