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The Resource What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris

What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris

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What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants
Title
What have plants ever done for us?
Title remainder
Western civilization in fifty plants
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Harris
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
When did the British Government become the world's largest drugs pusher? What tree is frequently used to treat cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday life. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle which give us milk for our cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way. Plants have provided paper and ink, chemicals that could kill or cure, vital sustenance and stimulants. Some, such as barley, have been staples from earliest times; others, such as oil palm, are newcomers to Western industry. Moreover, with time, uses change: beets, which have been used variously as a treatment for leprosy, source of sugar and animal feed, are now showing potential as biofuels. What may the future hold for mandrake or woad? We remain dependent on plants for our food, our fuel and our medicines. Their effects on our lives, as the stories in this wide-ranging and engaging book demonstrate, continue to be profound, and often unpredictable
Cataloging source
CDX
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1966-
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Harris, Stephen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QK98.4.A1
LC item number
H373 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Plants, Useful
  • Plants
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What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn911019738
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781851244478
Lccn
2016417225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)911019738
Label
What have plants ever done for us? : Western civilization in fifty plants, Stephen Harris
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn911019738
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9781851244478
Lccn
2016417225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)911019738

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