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- DescriptionMany North American plants have characteristics that are especially promising for creating varieties needed to expand food production, and there are excellent prospects of generating new ecomically competitive crops from these natives. The inadequacy of current crops to meet the food demands of the world's huge, growing population makes the potential of indigeus North American food plants even more significant. These plants can also generate crops that are more compatible with the ecology of the world, and many also have inherent health benefits. Presenting detailed scholarship, a thoroughly accessible style, and numerous entertaining anecdotes, North American Cornucopia: Top 100 Indigeus Food Plants is a full-color book dedicated to the most important 100 native food plants of North America rth of Mexico that have achieved commercial success or have substantial market potential. The introductory chapter reviews the historical development of North American indigeus crops and factors bearing on their future ecomic success. The rest of the book consists of 100 chapters, each dedicated to a particular crop. The book employs a user-friendly chapter format that presents the material in sections offering in-depth coverage of each plant. The first section of each chapter provides information on the scientific and English names of the plants, followed by a section on the geography and ecology of the wild forms, accompanied by a map showing the North American distribution. A section entitled Plant Portrait comprises a basic description of the plant, its history, and its ecomic and social importance. This is followed by Culinary Portrait, concerned with food uses and culinary vocabulary. The chapters then provide an analysis of the ecomic future of each crop, discuss table and interesting scientific or techlogical observations and accomplishments, and present extensive references.
- Author BiographyDr. Ernest Small received a doctorate in plant evolution from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1969 and has since been employed with the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada, where he presently holds the status of Principal Research Scientist. He is the author of 13 previous books, five of which received or were nominated for major awards. He has also authored more than 300 scientific publications on plants. Dr. Small's career has included dozens of appearances as an expert botanical witness in court cases, acting as an adviser to national governments, presenting numerous invited university and professional association lectures, supervising postgraduate students at various universities, participating in international societies and committees, journal editing, and media interviews.
- Author(s)Ernest Small
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication18/10/2013
- SubjectAgriculture & Farming
- Place of PublicationBosa Roca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCRC Press Inc
- Content Note153 colour illustrations, 14 black & white tables
- Weight2086 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine46 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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