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    DescriptionDisheartened 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 that even those imaginary perfect foods are themselves far from anything that could properly be called natural; rather, they represent the end of a millennia-long history of selective breeding and hybridization. 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 slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs.

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    The History and Science of Plant Breeding
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Noel Kingsbury
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226437132
    ISBN 10: 0226437132

    BIC E4L: COU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.4
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: TVB, TVS
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC056000, SCI011000, SCI034000
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    LC classification: Q
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27650
    Libri: I-TE
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 631.52
    B&T Approval Code: A80070000, A62010000
    BISAC V2.8: GAR000000
    B&T Approval Code: A80090000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI073000, TEC003030
    DC22: 631.523
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Thema V1.0: TVB, TVS
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    15 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Noel Kingsbury is a horticulturalist and the author of many books, including Designing with Plants and Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, and coeditor of Vista: The Culture and Politics of Gardens.
    Review quote
    "Kingsbury's account should be required reading for students preparing for a future as a plant breeder, geneticist, or molecular biologist. Fortunately, that requirement should prove unnecessary - the book is engaging at many levels, and I expect many scientists and lay readers to pick it up on their own accord." (Science) "This engaging history of the genetic milestones and individuals that have shaped the field helps to fill a long-standing gap." (Choice) "Apart from the amazing factual content, [Hybrid] is also a tale of human endeavour that will fascinate all those who love a good story, and one that I know I shall want to return to time and again." (English Gardener) "The scope of this well-researched book is stunning; it is apparent that the work was a labor of love. Kingsbury is thorough, and each chapter is a rewarding feast of narrative and information.... Hybrid is a masterful work by an admirably ambitious author." (American Gardener) "Shoppers who shun genetically modified foods in favor of 'natural' fruits and veggies may be in for a surprise. Horticulturalist Kingsbury's lively history documents the history of human meddling with plant genes since the dawn of agriculture." (Discover)"