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What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants

Author: Stephen Harris
Publisher: Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle which give us milk for our cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Harris
ISBN: 9781851244478 1851244476
OCLC Number: 911019738
Description: 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The plants. Barley ; Mandrake ; Beets ; Opium poppy ; Brassicas ; Cannabis ; Bread wheat ; Broad bean ; Alliums ; Pea ; Olive ; Grape ; Papyrus ; Yew ; Rose ; Pines ; Reeds ; Oak ; Apple ; Pepper ; Carrot ; Woad ; Citrus ; Nutmeg ; White mulberry ; Tobacco ; Tulip ; Chilli ; Quinine ; Cocao ; Potato ; Tomato ; Coffee ; Maize ; Pineapple ; Smooth meadow grass ; Lycopods ; Cotton ; Sugar cane ; Coconut ; Rice ; Tea ; Ragwort ; Banana ; Rubber ; Sunflower ; Oil palm ; Soya ; Cornockle ; Thale cress.
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Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry  Read more...
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"Plant scientists such as Harris are a rare breed in Britain these days. Yet their work is as important as ever."-- (01/14/2016)

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