The Cultural History of Plants / Edition 1

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Overview

This valuable reference will be useful for both scholars and general readers. It is both botanical and cultural, describing the role of plant in social life, regional customs, the arts, natural and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration and covers all aspects of plant cultivation and migration. The text includes an explanation of plant names and a list of general references on the history of useful plants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415927468
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The seeds of time
Introduction 1
The hunter-gatherers 3
Origins and spread of agriculture 13
Pt. 2 The migration plants
Introduction 27
Gathering food from the wild 29
Grains 45
Roots and tubers 61
Fruits 77
Herbs and vegetables 97
Nuts, seeds, and pulses 133
Spices 153
Caffeine, alcohol, and sweeteners 173
Psychoactive plants 191
Plants as medicines 205
Fragrant plants 239
Ornamentals 259
Natural fibers and dyes 287
Wood 315
Materials 335
Pt. 3 Today and tomorrow
Introduction 355
Age of industrialization and agro-industry 357
Invasives 377
Conservation of wild plants 387
Conservation of crop genetic resources 413
Plant names 431
General references on the history of useful plants 433
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