The nineteenth century witnessed great advances in technology which made transporting natural resources overseas significantly easier. At the centre of a global empire, Britain felt the full economic benefits of introducing and cultivating a range of commercial plants both domestically and in her colonies abroad. First published in 1890, this succinct work by the English botanist John Reader Jackson (1837-1920) surveys these plants. The concise descriptions are enhanced by instructive drawings of significant species. The introduction also contains a chronological table of the century's most important developments in commercial botany. This is followed by chapters organised according to the applications of plants, notably in food, drink, medicine, and the building trade. Jackson points out the species which revolutionised these industries, identifying those at the heart of rapidly growing markets. The coverage includes many commodities which remain commercially significant, such as palm oil, sugar cane, and cotton.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. India-rubber or caoutchouc; 2. Gutta-percha; 3. Food products; 4. Beverages; 5. Drugs; 6. New drugs; 7. Oils and waxes; 8. Gums, resins, and varnishes; 9. Dyes and tanning materials; 10. Paper materials; 11. Fibres; 12. Fodders; 13. Timbers and hard woods; 14. Miscellaneous products; Index.