Historical Perspectives in Plant Science

Historical Perspectives in Plant Science (Hardback)

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Historical Perspectives in Plant Science
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

A recent history of plant science, this compilation of lectures was initially presented at the 1991 Plant Science Lecture Series, sponsored by Iowa State University. The eight scholars featured are key contributors to plant science over the past 50 years.


Scientists often get so engrossed in the day-to-day and month-to-month activities of their research programs and professional endeavors that they fail to record and interpret the chronology of events that lead to great scientific discoveries and advances in using science for the benefit of humankind. Iowa State University, through the sponsorship of the Department of Agronomy, Botany, Forestry, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology, presents an annual Plant Science Lecture Series, which provides the opportunity for outstanding scholars to share their knowledge and expertise in an atmosphere of intellectual camaraderie.


Historical Perspectives in Plant Science is a compilation of the 1991 lectures presented for the series and provides a unique look at plant science history via anecdotes and personal knowledge about research failures and successes, cooperation and competition among scientists, and the interplay of discoveries in the several disciplines encompassed by the field of plant science. It provides a benchmark, as of 1991, for the history of plant science as seen, experienced, and interpreted by eight scholars who played significant roles in "making plant science history."


The areas of research covered range from a general overview of plant science to the development of the history of plant physiology, plant pathology, quantitative genetics, and cytogenetics to molecular biology to the history of plant breeding methology and accomplishments.

About the Editor(s):

Kenneth J. Frey is a Fulbright Scholar and Curtiss Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Agriculture, Iowa State University, Ames. Over the course of his career as a plant breeder, concentrating his research on the genetics of oats and barley, he has received the DeKalb-Pfizer Crop Science Distinguished Career Award from the Crop Science Society of America. He has also received the Agronomic Research Award from the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Frey has organized two international plant breeding symposia and organized programs on plant breeding for several international congresses and has served as a consultant for several international research centers and many U.S. government agencies.