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Ancient DNA analysis of winegrape seeds reveals genetic link between two modern varieties of red and

From Science and Wine (July 2023)

Ancient DNA analysis of winegrape seeds reveals genetic link between two modern varieties of red

A new study led by the paleogenomic laboratory of The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University, and the School of Archaeology and Maritime

Cultures at the University of Haifa analyzed DNA from ancient local Wine grape seeds discovered during an archaeological excavation in the Negev. One seed was found to be almost identical to the Syriki variety used today to make red wine in Greece and Lebanon, while another seed is a relative of the white variety called Be’er, that still grows in deserted vineyards in the dunes of Palmachim in central Israel.



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