For thirty years, Danish plant scientist Bent Skovmand served as adviser to dozens of countries and hunted for seeds with genes to resist disease and such environmental stresses as drought, flooding, and global warming. In an era when multinational corporations often jealously guarded patents on plant breeding, Skovmand fought to keep his seed bank a free, open scientific exchange for breeders and farmers everywhere.
By telling the story of Skovmand and his colleagues, The Viking in the Wheat Field sheds welcome light on an agricultural sectorplant genetic resourceson which our food supply is crucially dependent.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
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About the Author
Susan Dworkin has written several biographies, including The Nazi Officer's Wife (with Edith Hahn Beer), and her articles have appeared in numerous magazines.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What It Takes to Beat a Plague 1
1 The Expedition to America 12
2 The Heirs of Borlaug 26
3 The Marriage of Wheat and Rye 44
4 Where the Wheat Begins 63
5 Save Everything! 84
6 The Proactive Gene Bank 101
7 The Slippery Seeds of Tibet 117
8 An Array of Tools 128
9 Hamlet and Mercutio 150
10 Dracula 169
11 The Pea Under the Princess 179
Appendix A Important Collections of Wheat, Rye, Triticale, and Related Species, Worldwide 204
Appendix B U.S. National Plant Germplasm System 207
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