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Title: Banana (Musa spp.) Domestication in the Asia- Pacific Region: Linguistic and archaeobotanical perspectives 
Author: Donohue, Mark; Denham, Tim
Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Donohue M, Denham T. 2009. Banana (Musa spp.) domestication in the Asia- Pacific region: linguistic and archaeobotanical perspectives. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 7:293-332.
Abstract: An examination of linguistic terms for ‘banana’ within Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia sheds light on the history of Musa spp. domestication. Linguistic investigations suggest a westward dispersal of banana from New Guinea, mixing with a Philippine variety (or at least sphere of cultural usage), then westward again to mainland Southeast Asia, and (as far as can be linguistically inferred) onward to the western edge of South Asia. The linguisticallyderived interpretation accords generally with the archaeobotanical evidence and botanical models for the dispersal of banana cultivars.
Description: research
ISSN: 1547-3465
Keywords: banana domestication, Asia-Pacific region, linguistics, archaeobotany

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