People, plants, and genes [electronic resource] : the story of crops and humanity / Denis J. Murphy.Material type: TextSeries: Oxford biologyPublication details: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 401 p.) : illISBN: 9780191525827 (electronic bk.); 0191525820 (electronic bk.); 9780199207138 (hardcover : alk. paper); 0199207135 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780199207145 (pbk : alk. paper); 0199207143 (pbk : alk. paper)Other title: People, plants, & genes [Cover title]Subject(s): Crops | Crops -- Genetics | Plant biotechnology | Agriculture | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Agronomy -- Crop Science | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Agronomy -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: People, plants, and genes.DDC classification: 630 LOC classification: SB106.B56 | M87 2007ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. 288-390) and index.
Early human societies and their plants -- Plant management and agriculture -- How some people became farmers -- Plant genomes -- Fluid genomes, uncertain species, and the genetics of crop domestication -- The domestication of cereal crops -- The domestication of non-cereal crops -- People and the emergence of crops -- Agriculture : a mixed blessing -- Evolution of agrourban cultures : I The Near East -- Evolution of agrourban cultures : II south and east Asia -- Evolution of agrourban cultures : III Africa, Europe, and the Americas -- Crop management in the classical and medieval periods -- Agricultural improvement and the rise of crop breeding -- Imperial botany and the early scientific breeders -- Agricultural improvement in modern times -- The future of agriculture and humanity.
This book links the latest advances in molecular genetics with the science and history of plant domestication, the evolution of plant breeding, and the implications of our new knowledge for the agriculture of today and the future.
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