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Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding

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Disheartened by the shrink-wrapped, Styrofoam-packed state of contemporary supermarket fruits and vegetables, many shoppers hark back to a more innocent time, to visions of succulent red tomatoes plucked straight from the vine, gleaming orange carrots pulled from loamy brown soil, swirling heads of green lettuce basking in the sun.

With Hybrid, Noel Kingsbury reveals th

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
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Plant breeding and the humans who engage in it...interesting in the "grand march of potted histories" context. Nicely designed, and its treatment of Japan is not bad. Pros: situated in the same chapter another "late developing" countries, like Germany and China (only one itty-bitty page devoted to the "revolution" in ag for China, though, lame). Oddly he credits Tokugawa era rice for breeding the strains that would ultimately fuel the Green Revolution (66). But most wrong-headedly, the book's fl ...more
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This was advertised for in one of the literature-magazines I obtained chez Selexys Donner Rotterdam.
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