Green Inheritance : Saving the Plants of the World

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Humans are entirely dependent on plants: we eat them, build with them, burn them for power, breathe the air they maintain, cure our ills with them. Yet, we are destroying this fundamental resource at a terrifying rate. This extensively revised and updated edition of Anthony Huxley's magnificent global overview of our plant kingdom portrays the beauty, diversity, and history of wild and cultivated plants, highlighting their profound importance in our lives. With its beautiful color photographs, drawings, charts, ...

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Humans are entirely dependent on plants: we eat them, build with them, burn them for power, breathe the air they maintain, cure our ills with them. Yet, we are destroying this fundamental resource at a terrifying rate. This extensively revised and updated edition of Anthony Huxley's magnificent global overview of our plant kingdom portrays the beauty, diversity, and history of wild and cultivated plants, highlighting their profound importance in our lives. With its beautiful color photographs, drawings, charts, diagrams, and superb text, Green Inheritance describes the role of plants in the global environment and across cultures; shows how plants are used for food, fuel, and medicine; considers their role for us as objects of beauty in gardens; and much more. Encyclopedic in scope and full of intriguing stories about many individual plants, this remarkable book emphasizes just how essential our green inheritance is to the future of humanity.
Huxley explores many topics that reflect a deepening concern about the threats to our plant heritage such as the slender genetic base of the world's staple crops and the dwindling last locations of wild resources with unexplored potential. This new edition expands its coverage of current issues such as invasive plants, hotspots of plant diversity, herbal medicines, genetically modified crops, and sustainable timber harvesting. Writing with wisdom and vision, Huxley has created an invaluable resource for learning about the world's plant life that underscores the importance and urgency of plant conservation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781856752015
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005

Meet the Author

The late Anthony Huxley was author of Plant and Planet (1974) and thirty others books and field guides on flowers and horticulture. He was an editor at Amateur Gardening.

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Table of Contents

1 The green inheritance 10
2 Guardians of the environment 22
3 Green travellers 40
4 Our daily bread 52
5 The spice of life 80
6 Green wealth 92
7 Green medicine 110
8 Objects of beauty 130
9 Plants and society 148
10 Improving the resources 160
11 Saving the plants that save us 174
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