What is it about?

Ethiopian barley has a unique genetic structure compared to the world. This paper showed one example of how Ethiopian barley has a unique genetic population structure. The farmer's knowledge indicates they select barley for their use in their community. Thus, they have different accessions to their cultivation land.

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Why is it important?

The selection of barley for different use creates different genetic structures. Understanding the history of barley selection will facilitate our current breeding program.


Barley is an important crop for the world. It is the fought important crop next to corn, wheat, and rice. Some of these crops do not grow in cold environments. But barely do. Continuing the breeding culture and increasing the genetic elasticity of barley should continue in the future.

Hewan Degu
Hawassa University

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This page is a summary of: Genetic diversity and population structure of barley landraces from Southern Ethiopia’s Gumer district: Utilization for breeding and conservation, PLoS ONE, January 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279737.
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