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Handbuch der Vererbungswissenschaft

Nature volume 131, page 604 (29 April 1933) | Download Citation



THIS textbook endeavours to present a comprehensive review of the origin of cultivated plants, considered from the historical and biological points of view. The preliminary general discussion deals with our historical knowledge of the various crops, after which comparative morphology, geographical distribution and genetics are considered in their relation to crop plants. The range of the inquiry is wide, embracing in addition morphology, physiology and problems of variability. Where a crop plant occurs in both wild and cultivated forms, it is pointed out that its origin is usually to be sought where the wild type occurs.

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