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People, Plants and Genes: The Story of Crops and Humanity

Denis J Murphy

Abstract

This book provides an overview of human-plant interactions and their social consequences, from the hunter-gatherers of the Palaeolithic Era to the 21st century molecular manipulation of crops. It links the latest advances in molecular genetics, climate research, and archaeology to give a new perspective on the evolution of agriculture and complex human societies across the world. Even today, our technologically advanced societies still rely on plants for basic food needs, not to mention clothing, shelter, medicines, and tools. This special relationship has tied together people and their chosen ... More

Keywords: farming, crop domestication, agriculture, cereals, legumes, agro-urban cultures, plant breeding, human societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207145
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207145.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis J Murphy, author
Head of Biotechnology Unit, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Glamorgan, UK