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The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history

Author: Thor Hanson
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment, and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the Fall of Rome to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hanson, Thor.
Triumph of seeds.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
(DLC) 2014047078
(OCoLC)889733750
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thor Hanson
ISBN: 9780465048724 0465048722
OCLC Number: 905914061
Awards: Winner of Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (Regional Book) 2016
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: The fierce energy --
Seed for a day --
The staff of life --
Sometimes you feel like a nut --
What the spike moss knows --
Mendel's spores --
Methuselah --
Take it to the bank --
By tooth, beak, and gnaw --
The riches of taste --
The cheeriest beans --
Death by umbrella --
Irresistible flesh --
By wind and wave --
Conclusion: The future of seeds.
Other Titles: Seeds
Responsibility: Thor Hanson.

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