Research Reveals the History of Corn Domestication

Smithsonian scientists and collaborators are revising the history of one of the world’s most important crops. Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a predecessor of today’s corn plants still bearing many features of its wild ancestor was likely brought to South America from Mexico more than 6,500 years ago. Farmers in Mexico and the southwestern Amazon continued to improve the crop over thousands of years until it was fully domesticated in each region. The findings, reported Dec. 13 in the journal Science, come from a multidisciplinary,…

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Are you aware of the Health Benefits of Boldo?

Peumus boldus Mol., more commonly known as Boldo, is a Chilean tree that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits. It’s an effective antioxidant that can be used to prevent diseases caused by free radical damage. Recently, Boldo is also known to relieve gastrointestinal issues, bladder infections, gallstones and liver disease. It also works as a diuretic, increasing urine flow and promoting detoxification. Boldo is also recognized as a herbal remedy in a number of pharmacopoeias, mainly for the treatment of liver ailments. Boldine in particular,…

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