About the Book
This book covers thousands of years of agricultural history. Many popular plants now differ greatly from their wild ancestors, which were domesticated and then bred selectively by farmers, scientists, breeders, and gardeners to achieve a plant more suited to human needs. In addition to the botanical side, this book also covers the historical and political controversy of plant breeding and artificial selection.
About the Author
Dr. Noel Kingsbury is a horticulturalist and writer. He received his doctorate from the University of Sheffield, where he did research on perennial plants. He has written more than 20 books on plants and horticulture. He hosts the "Vista Debates," a forum at London's Garden Museum on current issues in horticulture and gardening.