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Darwinian agriculture : how understanding evolution can improve agriculture

Author: R Ford Denison
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Hardcover edView all editions and formats
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As human populations grow and resources are depleted, agriculture will need to use land, water, and other resources more efficiently and without sacrificing long-term sustainability. Darwinian Agriculture presents an entirely new approach to these challenges, one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selection. R. Ford Denison shows how both biotechnology and traditional plant breeding can use  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Ford Denison
ISBN: 9780691139500 0691139504
OCLC Number: 757935758
Description: 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Repaying Darwin's debt to agriculture --
What do we need from agriculture? --
Evolution 101: the power of natural selection --
Darwinian agriculture's three core principles --
What won't work: tradeoff-blind biotechnology --
Selfish genes, sophisticated plants, and haphazard ecosystems --
What won't work: misguided mimicry of natural ecosystems --
What has worked: improving cooperation within species --
What could work better: cooperation between two species --
Stop evolution now! --
Learning from plants, ants, and ecosystems --
Diversity, bet-hedging, and selection among ideas.
Responsibility: R. Ford Denison.

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As human populations grow and resources are depleted, agriculture will need to use land, water, and other resources more efficiently and without sacrificing long-term sustainability. This book  Read more...

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