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Hybrid : the history and science of plant breeding

Author: Noël Kingsbury
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Starting his story at the birth of agriculture, Kingsbury traces the history of human attempts to make plants more reliable, productive, and nutritious--a story that owes as much to accident and error as to innovation and experiment. Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noël Kingsbury
ISBN: 9780226437040 0226437043 9780226437132 0226437132
OCLC Number: 298128770
Description: xiv, 493 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
PART ONE: FROM THE BIRTH OF AGRICULTURE TO THE BIRTH OF GENETICS: Origins: the domestication of plants --
Landraces: bedrock of the traditional agriculture --
"Improvement": the agricultural revolution --
Vegetable mules: the beginning of deliberate breeding --
Empire: globalization in earnest --
Breakthrough: Gregor Mendel --Germination and plant breeding in the early Twentieth Century --Luther Burbank: miracle worker or charlatan? --
"Let history judge": plant breeding and politics in the USSR --
PART TWO: FLOWERING OF A TECHNOLOGY: Hybrid! Corn and the brave new world --
Cornucopia: genetics opens up the horn of plenty --Green revolution: can plant breeding feed the world? --
Ornament: furnishing our gardens --
Ownership and diversity: issues of property rights over plant genetic resources --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Noel Kingsbury.

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