Palmitone as a potential species-specific biomarker for the crop plant taro (Colocasia esculenta Schott) on remote Pacific islands

Christiane Krentscher, Nathalie Dubois, Giorgia Camperio, Matthew Prebble & Sarah Nemiah Ladd
The Pacific Island ecosystems of Remote Oceania were dramatically transformed following the arrival of humans within the last ∼3000 years, as the new settlers required technological innovations and environmental modifications to maintain their populations. These modifications included the introduction of numerous exotic species, including the important crop Colocasia esculenta Schott (taro) and the development of infrastructure suitable for its cultivation. Archaeological reconstruction of C. esculenta use in the Pacific has been challenging because of the...
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