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Origin of Sugarcane: A short history [Full subscriber]

Tracing back the origins of plants is not an easy task and the findings can often be uncertain or changed as new evidence is obtained. Sugarcane is generally believed to have been known between 8000 and 6000 BC. It may be native to tropical regions of Asia. Saccharum officinarum, a most important species for sugar production, may have originated in southern Asia and in Melanesia, a region in the southwestern Pacific Ocean including Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia in the south. From 8000 / 6000 BC it spread easterly to islands and after 6000BC…

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