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160 pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
Global adventurer Robbie Honey spends much of his time searching out and deconstructing some of the world's most exotic flowers. This book features more than 90 specimens collected from as far afield as the Malaysian rainforests, the African veldt, and an English churchyard. Each specimen is meticulously laid out and photographed as soon as it is picked to create miniature plant portraits. Robbie's fresh approach gives traditional botany a contemporary edge. Arranged by colour, the plants are highly accessible as well as beautiful to look at. Botany, at last, has been transformed for a modern audience.
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  • Table of Content (Tentative)Introduction- the EditorsGlobal distribution and ecology of hyperaccumulator plants- Roger Reeves, Antony van der Ent, Alan BakerPhysiology and molecular biology of trace element hyperaccumulation- Mark Aarts, Sylvain MerlotThe important role of the rhizosphere and microbes associated with hyperaccumulator plants- Emile Benizri, Petra KiddNew tools for hyperaccumulator discovery and understanding their physiology- Antony van der Ent, Guillaume Echevarria, Hugh HarrisPropagation and aspects of conservation of rare hyperaccumulator plants- Bruno Fogliani, Laurent L'HuillierNickel availability and biogeochemical pathways in ultramafic soils- Guillaume EchevarriaThe long road to developing agromining/phytomining- Rufus Chaney, Alan Baker, Jean Louis MorelAgronomy of "metal crops" used in agromining- Rufus Chaney, Jean Louis MorelIncorporating hyperaccumulator plants in rehabilitation and mine closure- Peter Erskine, Gavin Lee, Stephane McCoyUsing plants to clean up polluted soils with recovery of valuable by-products- Thibault Sterckeman, Markus PuschenreiterElement case studies:Nickel (Jean Louis Morel, Aida Bani)Cobalt (Guillaume Echevarria, Antony van der Ent)Selenium (Elizabeth Pillon-Smits)Thallium, Rare Earth Elements and PGEsProcessing of bio-ores and products- Marie-Odile Simonnot, James Vaughan, Baptiste LaubieEcosystem services and Life Cycle Assessment of agromining- Marie-Noelle Pons, Jean Louis MorelConclusions and Outlook- the Editors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319618982 20180129
This is the first book on global agromining/phytomining technology. It presents the complete metal farming or agromining chain; an emerging technology expected to be transformative in the extraction of resources of those elements not accessible by traditional mining techniques. Meeting the demand for critical minerals (rare earth elements, platinum group elements, nickel cobalt) is increasingly difficult in the 21st century due to resource depletion and geopolitical factors. Agromining uses hyperaccumulator plants as "metal crops" farmed on sub-economic soils or mineral waste to obtain valuable elements.This book, which follows the metal farming chain, starts with the latest information on the global distribution and ecology of hyperaccumulator plants, biogeochemical pathways, the influence of rhizosphere microbes, as well as aspects of propagation and conservation of these unusual plants. It then presents the state of the art in new tools for identifying hyperaccumulator plants and for understanding their physiology and molecular biology. It goes on to describe the agronomy of "metal crops, " and opportunities for incorporating agromining into rehabilitation and mine closure, including test-cases of nickel, cobalt, selenium, thallium, rare earth elements and PGEs. Finally, it concludes with an overview of the latest developments in the processing of bio-ores and associated products. This book is edited and authored by the pioneers in the field who have been at the foreground of the development of agromining over the past three decades. It is timely as agromining is now at a pivotal point in its development with rapid expansion of activities in the field around the globe. As such it is of interest to environmental professionals in the minerals industry, government regulators and academics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319618982 20180129
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x, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
  • "Tear in pieces the doctors"
  • "An endless source of innocent delight"
  • "Ripping open my belly"
  • "He is as good as the theatre"
  • "The grass is three feet high in the streets"
  • "Doctor, I despair"
  • "There are no informed people here"
  • "H
  • k is enough, and even that unnecessary"
  • "This delicious banquet"
  • "I long to see Captain Lewis"
  • "Strange noises, low spirits"
  • "Such a piece of downright imposture"
  • "You know, better than any man"
  • "Instead of creeping along the earth"
  • "Your fortunate city"
  • "Expulsion from the Garden of Eden"
  • "Like a romance."
When Dr David Hosack tilled the America's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. A charismatic dreamer admired by the likes of Jefferson, Madison and Humboldt, and intimate friends with both Hamilton and Burr, the Columbia professor devoted his life to inspiring Americans to pursue medicine and botany with a rigour to rival Europe's. Though he was shoulder-to-shoulder with the founding fathers Hosack and his story remain unknown. Now, in melodic prose, Victoria Johnson eloquently chronicles Hosack's tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781631494192 20180730
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48 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps; 23 cm
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1 online resource. Digital: text file; PDF.
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  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319750873 20180508
This book provides an overview of antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes and their role in the mechanisms of signaling and cellular tolerance under stress in plant systems. Major reactive oxygen species (ROS)-scavenging/modulating enzymes include the superoxide dismutase (SOD) that dismutates O2 into H2O2, which is followed by the coordinated action of a set of enzymes including catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and peroxiredoxins (Prx) that remove H2O2. In addition to the ROS scavenging enzymes, a number of other enzymes are found in various subcellular compartments, which are involved in maintaining such redox homeostasis either by directly scavenging particular ROS and ROS-byproducts or by replenishing antioxidants. In that respect, these enzymes can be also considered antioxidants. Such enzymes include monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDAR), dehydroascorbate reductase (DHAR), glutathione reductase (GR), alternative oxidases (AOXs), peroxidases (PODs) and glutathione S-transferases (GSTs). Some non-enzymatic antioxidants, such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenes (provitamin A), tocopherols (vitamin E), and glutathione (GSH), work in concert with antioxidant enzymes to sustain an intracellular steady-state level of ROS that promotes plant growth, development, cell cycles and hormone signaling, and reinforces the responses to abiotic and biotic environmental stressors. Offering a unique compilation of information on antioxidants and antioxidant enzymes, this is a valuable resource for advanced students and researchers working on plant biochemistry, physiology, biotechnology, and signaling in cell organelles, and those specializing in plant enzyme technology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319750873 20180508
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xvi, 1,334 pages : illustrations ; [ca. 23-29] cm
  • Acknowledgments Introduction Dicotyledons Chapter 1 Dicotyledons I: The ANA Grade and "Magnoliid" Monosulcates Chapter 2 Dicotyledons II: Basal Tricolpates Eudicots (Tricolpate Dicots-- Eudicotyledoneae) Chapter 3 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons III: "Caryophyllid" Tricolpates Chapter 4 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons IV: "Rosid" Tricolpates Chapter 5 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons V: "Asterid" Tricolpates References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781482225037 20171218
Aquatic Dicotyledons of North America: Ecology, Life History, and Systematics brings together a wealth of information on the natural history, ecology, and systematics of North American aquatic plants. Most books on aquatic plants have a taxonomic focus and are intended primarily for identification. Instead, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the biology of major aquatic species by compiling information from numerous sources that lie scattered among the primary literature, herbarium databases, and other reference materials. Included dicotyledon species are those having an obligate (OBL) wetland status, a designation used in the USACE National Wetland Plant List. Recent phylogenetic analyses are incorporated and rationale is provided for interpreting this information with respect to species relationships. This diverse assemblage of information will be useful to a wide range of interests including academic researchers, wildlife managers, students, and virtually anyone interested in the natural history of aquatic and wetland plants. Although focusing specifically on North America, the cosmopolitan distribution of many aquatic plants should make this an attractive text to people working virtually anywhere outside of the region as well. This book is an essential resource for assisting with wetland delineation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781482225037 20171218
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1 online resource.
  • Acknowledgments Introduction Dicotyledons Chapter 1 Dicotyledons I: The ANA Grade and "Magnoliid" Monosulcates Chapter 2 Dicotyledons II: Basal Tricolpates Eudicots (Tricolpate Dicots-- Eudicotyledoneae) Chapter 3 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons III: "Caryophyllid" Tricolpates Chapter 4 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons IV: "Rosid" Tricolpates Chapter 5 Core Eudicots: Dicotyledons V: "Asterid" Tricolpates References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781482225037 20171002
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  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781482225020 20171002
Aquatic Dicotyledons of North America: Ecology, Life History, and Systematics brings together a wealth of information on the natural history, ecology, and systematics of North American aquatic plants. Most books on aquatic plants have a taxonomic focus and are intended primarily for identification. Instead, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the biology of major aquatic species by compiling information from numerous sources that lie scattered among the primary literature, herbarium databases, and other reference materials. Included dicotyledon species are those having an obligate (OBL) wetland status, a designation used in the USACE National Wetland Plant List. Recent phylogenetic analyses are incorporated and rationale is provided for interpreting this information with respect to species relationships. This diverse assemblage of information will be useful to a wide range of interests including academic researchers, wildlife managers, students, and virtually anyone interested in the natural history of aquatic and wetland plants. Although focusing specifically on North America, the cosmopolitan distribution of many aquatic plants should make this an attractive text to people working virtually anywhere outside of the region as well. This book is an essential resource for assisting with wetland delineation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781482225037 20171002
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240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Northern Europe ; Southern Europe and North Africa
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Africa
  • Central and South Asia
  • East Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Oceania
  • South America
  • Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
  • North America.
Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water. Each of these strange and true tales - populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts - is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781786271617 20180709
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xvi, 715 pages : many illustrations (partly color), maps ; 24 cm.
  • Josef Poelt - on his personality and his footprints in the history of lichenology / Hannes Hertel
  • How to understand cryptogams? The development of research methods and their impact on the knowledge of cryptogams - a tribute to Josef Poelt / Franz Oberwinkler
  • Hypocrealean hyperepiphyllous ascomycetes / Peter Dobbeler
  • Focus on lichenicolous fungi : diversity and taxonomy under the principle "one fungus - one name" / Josef Hafellner
  • The Pucciniosiraceae : taxonomy of apolyphylectic family of the rust fungi (Uredinales) / Reinhard Berndt
  • Distinctiveness of aecia and aeciospores in rust fungi on conifers / Peter Zwetko and Paul Blanz
  • Remarks on species concepts in European Florae of rust fungi / Paul Blanz and Peter Zwetko
  • Phylogeny, biogeography and host specificity of smut fungi / Dominik Begerow and Martin Kemler
  • Philogeny of Tremella and cultiviation of T. fuciformis in Taiwan / Chee-Jen Chen
  • Phylogeny, diversity and morphological evolution of Amanitaceae / Zhu L. Yang, Qing Cai and Yang Yang Cui
  • Ultrastucture in basidiomycetes - requirement for function / Franz Oberwinkler and Robert Bauer
  • Fungal natural products - organismal diversity, seen from the (bio)chemical angle / Dirk Hoffmeister
  • Mycorrhizas in the tropical montane forest of South Ecuador / Ingeborg Haug
  • Fungi on the leaf - a contribution towards a review of phyllosphere microbiology from the mycological perspective / Roland Kirschner
  • Aphyllophorates : indicators of nature value and habitat formers / Ewald Langer
  • Current forest pathogenic fungi in northwest Germany / Gitta Jutta Langer
  • Incentives and challenges for mycologists in the tropics / Meike Piepenbring, Hermine Lotz-Winter and Tina Antje Hofmann
  • Heading towards a survey of fungi in Bavaria - Josef Poelt's contributions to achieving substantial progress / Andreas Bresinsky
  • The lichen thallus as a microbial habitat / Martin Grube
  • Fossil lichens from the Lower Devonian and their bacterial and fungal epi- and endobionts / Rosemarie Honegger
  • The lichen flora of Germany - regional differences and biogeographical aspects / Volkmar Wirth, Ulf Schiefelbein and Birgit Litterski
  • Towards a checklist of the lichens of the Alps / Peter Othmar Bilovitz and Helmut Mayrhofer
  • A contribution to the knowledge on the lichenological exploration of the greater Tibetan region with a special focus on the impact of Austrian scientists or explorers / Walter Obermayer
  • The "Golden Period" of Italian lichenology and its importance in modern times / Pier Luigi Nimis
  • How molecular phylogenetics improve our understanding of bryophyte evolution, morphology and ecology - a tribute to the mossy side of Josef Poelt / Martin Nebel and Anna K. Beike.
"In September 2015, a scientific conference was held in Graz, Austria, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Josef Poelt's death. This scientist was one of the most renowned botanists of the last century who worked on many groups of lower plants, fungi and especially lichens. Of the contributions at the conference, 25 have been worked out and are presented in this book. They have been written mainly by former doctoral students of Josef Poelt or their scholars, or by some of his colleagues with whom he had cooperated"--Foreword.
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xvii, 589 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Plant cell culture technology: A next generation system for sustainable production of valuable natural products
  • Engineering cell and organ cultures from medicinal and aromatic plants toward commercial production of bioactive metabolites.
  • Plant in vitro systems as sources of food ingredients and additives.
  • Hairy root in vitro systems for bioactive substances production.
  • Sustainable production of polyphenols and anti-oxidants by plant in vitro cultures
  • Production of iridoids and phenylethanoid glycosides by in vitro systems of plants from Orobanchaceae, Budleyaceae and Scrophulariaceae families
  • Amaryllidaceae alkaloid accumulation by plant in vitro systems
  • Taxus cell cultures, an effective biotechnological tool to enhance and gain new biosynthetic insights into taxane production
  • Bioactive substances from grape cell cultures
  • Bioreactor technology for sustainable production of plant cell-derived products
  • Large-scale cultivation of plant cell, tissue and organ culture for bioactive substances production
  • Monitoring of plant cells and tissues in bioprocesses
  • Genetic transformation of hairy roots for improvement of yields of secondary metabolites
  • Elicitation of secondary metabolism of plant cells cultivated in vitro
  • Permeabilization-mediated recovery of metabolites from plant cultures
  • Polyploidy and secondary metabolism of plant cells cultivated in vitro
  • Application of GC-MS in in vitro plant metabolite profiling
  • Microbial transformations of plant secondary metabolites
  • Plant micropropagation
  • Safety assessment of food ingredients from plant cell and tissue cultures.
This handbook presents how plant in vitro technologies can overcome current limitations in the production of important plant-derived substances. It explains the advantages of plant in vitro technologies, notably the independence from climatic and soil conditions and the ability to synthesize diverse bioactive substances under controlled conditions. Apart from making diverse metabolites, which can be used e.g. as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, flavors, colors, biopesticides or food additives, more easily and more efficiently available, the methods described in this handbook also offer the advantage that rare and threatened plants, which provide access to interesting and desired substances, can be better protected, when the substances are harvested from suitable plant in vitro systems. In times of increasing demand for natural plant-derived products, the described methodologies will be key to ensuring efficient and sustainable access to plant-derived products. They will also help and support in the research and investigation of plant secondary metabolites. Despite these advantages, still only few substances are being produced at industrial scale by in vitro plant cell cultivation systems to date. This handbook therefore advertises the recent achievements and research in the field, focused on solving limitations in yield and bioprocessing conditions. Leading experts summarize the methodology, which can help overcome drawbacks like low yields of target products or problems associated with the cultivation in bioreactors. Readers will find comprehensive information on fundamentals for using different types of plants in vitro as matrix for sustainable production of valuable secondary metabolites. The handbook summarizes the core information on phytochemistry, bioreactor technology and monitoring of plant cells and tissues in bioprocesses. It also discusses selected applications and safety assessment of food and cosmetic ingredients from plant cell and tissue.
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  • Cover; Blossoms: And the Genes That Make Them; COPYRIGHT; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; CONTENTS; Plates; INTRODUCTION; Part I: What Plants Are and What They Can Do; Chapter 1: NAMES; Chapter 2: PLANTS ARE LIKE ANIMALS, ONLY DIFFERENT; Chapter 3: SENSING THE ENVIRONMENT; Part II: How Genes Work; Chapter 4: HOW GENES WORK; Chapter 5: SWITCHING GENES ON AND OFF; Part III: Time to Flower; Chapter 6: GROWING UP GREEN; Chapter 7: WARM AND COLD; Chapter 8: LIGHT AND DARK; Part IV: Shaping a Flower; Chapter 9: THE CONSTRUCTION SITE; Chapter 10: SPECIAL SHAPES; Part V: Decorating a Flower
  • Chapter 11: PAINTING THE PETALSChapter 12: THE PERFUME FACTORY; A FINAL WORD; GLOSSARY; FURTHER READING; PUBLISHER ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INDEX
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viii, 151 pages ; 22 cm
The book addresses the compelling demand for quantitative training in plant biology, including comparisons of the rate of processes, the size of structures and interactions among different processes, approached at different levels from molecules to the environment. Attention is paid to aspects of modern molecular biology and to modern biophysical treatments of classical transport and circulatory problems. This will allow the reader to become familiar with calculus as a tool to understand plant science. The book discusses specific problems covering six specific topics, and includes an additional section devoted to miscellaneous issues. It is also complemented by appendices describing units, conversion factors, formulae and data relevant to plant biology and to the relationship of plants with the environment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781527508385 20180618
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vii, 321 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
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This book is a synthesis of the latest research on carnivorous plants, focusing on their physiology, ecology, evolution, and future conservation and research efforts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198779841 20180129
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  • Introduction. Commoning the Seeds: The Future of Agrobiodiversity and Food Security Fabien Girard, Christine Frison 1. Farmers, Innovation, and Intellectual Property: Current Trends and their Consequences for Food Security Graham Dutfield Part I: Access, Benefit-Sharing and Licensing 2. Beyond Access and Benefit-Sharing: Lessons from the Emergence and Application of the Principle of Fair and Equitable Benefit-Sharing in Agrobiodiversity Governance Elsa Tsioumani 3. Patent & Benefit sharing. What can we learn from the Quassia amara lawsuit? What is the problem? Frederic Thomas 4. Open Sesame: Open Source and Crops Eric Deibel 5. Creating universal and sustainable access to plants and seeds: The role of clearinghouses, open source licenses, and inclusive patents Geertrui Van Overwalle Part II: Theoretical Frameworks 6. Private Law Arrangements for the Commons: A New Comparative Perspective Michele Spano 7. Composing the Common World of the Local Bio-Commons in the Age of the Anthropocene Fabien Girard Part III: The Struggle for the Recovery of the Shrinking Bio-Commons 8. An Anthropological Lens on Property and Access: Gudeman's Dialectics of Community and Market Laura Rival 9. Which scale to understand seed fluxes in small-scale farming societies? Snapshots of sorghum from Africa Eric Garine, Vanesse Labeyrie, Chloe Violon, Jean Wencelius, Christian Leclerc and Christine Raimond 10. Making the Difference with a Common Plant: The Recovery of Guarana by the Satere-Mawe (Brazil) Geoffroy Filoche 11. What Legal Framework for Safeguarding Traditional Seeds? Building the Commons in Colombia Patricia Guzman-Aguilera Part IV: A New Vitality for the Bio-Commons? 12. Governing Landraces and Associated Knowledge as a Commons. From Theory to Practice Victoria Reyes-Garcia, Laura Aceituno-Mata, Petra Benyei, Laura Calvet-Mir, Maria Carrascosa, Manuel Pardo de Santayana and Javier Tardio 13. `Free our seeds!' Strategies of farmers' movements to reappropriate seeds Elise Demeulenaere 14. Geographical Indications and the Commons: What Matters? Barbara Pick 15. Bio-commons in an industrialized country: a viable option? Susette Biber-Klemm Part V: Thinking Global: a Global Commons for the Seed? 16. The Benefit Sharing Mechanisms under the International Treaty: Heterogeneity and Equity in Global Resources Management Selim Louafi and Daniele Manzella 17. Planting the Commons: Towards Redesigning an Equitable Global Seed Exchange Christine Frison.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138087583 20180416
The joint challenges of population increase, food security and conservation of agrobiodiversity demand a rethink of plant breeding and agricultural research from a different perspective. While more food is undeniably needed, the key question is rather about how to produce it in a way that sustains biological diversity and mitigates climate change. This book shows how social sciences, and more especially law, can contribute towards reconfiguring current legal frameworks in order to achieving a better balance between the necessary requirements of agricultural innovation and the need for protection of agrobiodiversity. On the assumption that the concept of property can be rethought against the background of the 'right to include', so as to endow others with a common 'right to access' genetic resources, several international instruments and contractual arrangements drawn from the plant-breeding field (including the Convention on Biological Diversity, technology exchange clearing houses and open sources licenses) receive special consideration. In addition, the authors explore the tension between ownership and the free circulation and exchange of germplasm and issues such as genetic resources managed by local and indigenous communities, the ITPGRFA and participatory plant-breeding programmes. As a whole, the book demonstrates the relevance of the 'Commons' for plant breeding and agricultural innovation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138087583 20180416
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xiv, 239 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: cultivating commerce-- 1. Plant traders and expertise-- 2. Science, commerce and culture-- 3. Amateur botany-- 4. Social status and the communication of knowledge-- 5. Commerce and cosmopolitanism-- 6. Cosmopolitanism under pressure-- Conclusion: commerce and cultivation.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107126848 20171227
Sarah Easterby-Smith rewrites the histories of botany and horticulture from the perspectives of plant merchants who sold botanical specimens in the decades around 1800. These merchants were not professional botanists, nor were they the social equals of refined amateurs of botany. Nevertheless, they participated in Enlightenment scholarly networks, acting as intermediaries who communicated information and specimens. Thanks to their practical expertise, they also became sources of new knowledge in their own right. Cultivating Commerce argues that these merchants made essential contributions to botanical history, although their relatively humble status means that their contributions have received little sustained attention to date. Exploring how the expert nurseryman emerged as a new social figure in Britain and France, and examining what happened to the elitist, masculine culture of amateur botany when confronted by expanding public participation, Easterby-Smith sheds fresh light on the evolution of transnational Enlightenment networks during the Age of Revolutions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107126848 20171227
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248 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Mankind has always had a morbid fascination with poisonous plants; how their poisonous properties were discovered and developed will most likely be left unknown. Over the centuries poisonous plants have been used to remove garden pests, unwanted rivals and deceitful partners. They have also been used for their medicinal qualities, as rather dangerous cosmetics, even to help seduce a lover when perceived as an aphrodisiac. Some of these and other uses originate in a medieval book that has not yet been translated into English. Shamans and priests used these plants for their magical attributes, as a means to foretell the future or to commune with the gods. Discover how a pot of Basil helped to conceal a savage murder. Learn the truth about the mysterious mandrake, a real plant although many do not realise it. Jane Austen wrote a conundrum to entertain her family; the answer is one of the plants in the book. Will you be able to solve the mystery? _Death In The Garden_ is based on Michael Brown s most popular talk, popular as this subject holds a strange interest, for many will enjoy learning about these treacherous and peculiar plants, their defensive and deadly traits, as well as the folklore that has grown around them. This title will appeal to gardeners, horticulturalists, nature enthusiasts and anyone who holds an interest in this strange and enchanting corner of the garden. But be warned, many of these deathly plants may already be taking root in your very own garden.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781526708380 20180604
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