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Grassland Research in Great Britain Sir George Stapledon, C. B. E., F. R. S

Nature volume 149, page 549 (16 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE appointment of Sir George Stapledon as the director of the Ministry of Agriculture Grassland Improvement Station, Dodwell, marks a break in a long period of pioneer service which may be said to have revolutionized the current methods of grassland management. After holding the posts of professor at Cirencester and adviser in agricultural botany at Aberystwyth, Sir George became the first director of the official Seed Testing Station when it was founded by the Food Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture during the War of 1914-18. Thence he proceeded to the chair of agricultural botany at Aberystwyth and also became director of the Welsh Plant Breeding Station when it was founded in 1919. Gathering round him a band of enthusiastic and patient research assistants, he began, the long series of experiments which have made his work famous the world over.

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