Plant Sciences (#104)
Jared Diamond's central thesis in his bestselling book, “Guns, Germs and Steel,” is that the fate of human societies has always depended upon their skills as farmers. No biological science has transformed society more than the successive waves of agricultural revolutions - new ways of growing more food. It started with the domestication of cereal crops - wheat, rice and corn. And in the 20th century, the green revolution has allowed nearly 7 billion people to live on the planet.
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Series Description: This series embarks on an exciting ride through the world of animal classification, physiology, behavior and communication to the wonders of ecology and ecosystems, from the many cellular processes and the remarkable micro-world to the story of botany from the founding of agriculture and medicinal plants to understanding the miracle of photosynthesis.
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