Special Issue "Millet and Pseudocereals: New Insights into Archaeobotany, Plant Domestication and Global Foodways"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023 | Viewed by 586

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Xinyi Liu
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Guest Editor
Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: archaeobotany; isotope study; plant domestication; archaeology of food; millet
Dr. Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė
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Guest Editor
1. Bioarchaeology Research Centre of Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
2. Lithuanian History Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: central Asia; archaeology; archaeobotany; China prehistory; food history, preparation technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last two decades, plant sciences, and archaeobotanical investigations into a group of small-grained crops, around 40 taxa originating from several continents and collectively known as Millet, have transformed our understanding of ancient cropping systems and human foodways. Here, we view Millet in its broadest taxonomic definition—small-grained cereals—including what is commonly known as Asian, Indian, African millet, as well as pseudocereals, quinoa and buckwheat. They share common features such as short growing seasons, modest water requirements, and general ecological hardiness that once sustained more than half of the ancient world. There has been a lot of recent momentum which has moved Millet from a poorly understood peripheral resource (and therefore less investigated scientifically compared to their large-grained counterparts, e.g., wheat, rice, and maize) to a well-charted core feature of plant domestication and its early globalization.

This Special Issue celebrates the flourish of this recent research trend, with focuses on domestication, environmental adaptation, culinary practices, biogeography, and cultural significances of millet and pseudocereals.

Dr. Xinyi Liu
Dr. Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė
Guest Editors

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  • millet
  • archaeobotany
  • C4 pathway
  • isotope
  • archaeogenetic study

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.



Tentative title

Carla Lancelotti

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Past, present and future of smart crops: An ethnographic and modelling approach to mapping long-term millets cultivation in drylands

Soultana Valamoti-Kapetanaki

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Millet as food in prehistoric and ancient southeastern Europe: interdisciplinary insights from PlantCult

Xinyi Liu and Yufeng Sun

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Rethinking grain metrics as domestication measures: grain size variations of broomcorn and foxtail millet (Panicum miliaceum and Setaria italica) across Asia, 5000-1500 BC.

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