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Modern Benefits from Ancient Seeds: The Hunt for Wild Fava

1 month ago   |   By Civil Eats

Could six, tiny, 14,000-year-old seeds improve the way the world eats today? A physically miniscule finding at a prehistoric campsite at the el-Wad Terrace in Mount Carmel, in Northern Israel, has provided a big clue in a mystery that's confounded scientists for years-one that could prove important to global crop health and diversity.
After considerable study, it turns out the seeds are wild ancestors of Vicia faba , commonly known as the fava bean. Fava is considered by the conservation organization Crop Trust to be one of the most important crops in the world. Fava's health is a critical...
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