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Genetic prehistory in selective breeding : a prelude to Mendel

Author: Roger J Wood; Vítězslav Orel
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a history of how sheep breeding contributed to knowledge of heredity, and how the theory was vigorously pursued during the early Nineteenth Century in Brno, where Mendel defined the basis of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Gregor Johann Mendel
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger J Wood; Vítězslav Orel
ISBN: 0198505841 9780198505846
OCLC Number: 45804845
Description: xvii, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. The elusive law --
2. The fleeces of Spain --
Origin and development of the breed --
Export of Merino breeding stock begins --
The Merino enters northern Europe --
3. Sheep breeding sets new standards --
British sheep breeders react to the changing situation --
The matter of heredity --
Like begets like --
The wider movement of stock --
Generation, degeneration and selective breeding --
Cross-breeding as an aid to selection --
Breeding larger sheep --
Breeding for other qualities --
The question of incest --
4. Bakewell's new system --
Robert Bakewell and the management of his farm at Dishley --
Stock improvement strategy --
The origin of the Dishley sheep --
Breeding in-and-in --
Trait selection --
Progeny testing --
Dishley crosses --
Bakewell's view of heredity --
Changes in breeding practice summarised --
5. Bakewell becomes a celebrity --
The excitement of rising prices --
Visitors to Dishley --
Bakewell takes to the road --
Bakewell's cause and character --
Bakewell's critics --
Bankruptcy reveals the extent of Bakewell's support --
Bakewell and the scientific establishment --
Bakewell's influence widens --
Bakewell's legacy --
6. Merinos in Sweden, France and Great Britain --
Sweden --
France --
Great Britain --
7. Merinos in German-speaking countries and Australia --
Saxony --
Prussia including Prussian Silesia --
Austrian Empire --
Australia --
8. Ferdinand Geisslern, the Moravian Bakewell --
Breeding methods --
Geisslern's reputation --
Transmission of Bakewell's ideas to Geisslern --
9. From breeding principles to genetic laws --
Sheep breeding in Moravia progresses from art towards science --
The Sheep Breeders' Society --
The enigma of inbreeding --
'Genetic laws of nature' --
The Pomological and Oenological Society --
Breeding as an academic subject --
10. The sheep breeders' legacy to Mendel --
Heredity as a subject for research --
Physiology and heredity --
Heredity remains a mystery to animal breeders --
Prelude to Mendel --
Overview --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Roger J. Wood, Vitězslav Orel.
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This is a very valuable book analysing the period of animal breeding, especially sheep, before the discovering of heredity laws by Gregor Mendel. Folia Mendeliana Historians of technology will find Read more...

 
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