This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The College Quarterly says : "Since the days of M. Fabre, our leading botanists have admitted that it was most probably derived from .AEgilops ovata, a grass native to the plains of India." We do not recall the name of any leading botanist who admits this. As we understand it is generally believed that M. Fabre had been in some way imposed on. The writer of this grew the AEgilops for two successive years, without noting the slightest tendency to become wheat; and he concluded wheat would as soon turn to chess as this grass to wheat.