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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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  • Animal Sciences (#101)

    Today the Animal Sciences – Zoology -- form the knowledge basis for such diverse disciplines as human physiology and nutrition ... Genetics and animal breeding ... and the exciting field of wildlife ecology. For the first time the scientific discoveries that provide insight into the nature of animal classification, physiology and behavior are brilliantly brought together in one program. [28 minutes]

  • Environmental Sciences (#102)

    The story of the creation of the new biological discipline, environmental science, which includes the study of ecosystems and the blossoming of the environmental system. [29 minutes]

  • Microbiology and Genetics (#103)

    Microbiology, which includes genetics, is the story of understanding how the cell works. The many cellular processes and the remarkable micro-world are presented in stunningly clear micro-videography. [28 minutes]

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