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              Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America
               

              Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America (Hardback)

              By Curry, Helen Anne

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              In the mid-twentieth century, American plant breeders, frustrated by their dependence on natural variation in creating new crops and flowers, eagerly sought technologies that could extend human control over nature. Their search led them to celebrate a series of strange tools: an ...x-ray beam directed at dormant seeds, a drop of chromosome-altering colchicine on a flower bud, and a piece of radioactive cobalt in a field of growing crops. According to scientific and popular reports of the time, these mutation-inducing methods would generate variation on demand, in turn allowing breeders to genetically engineer crops and flowers to order. Creating a new crop or flower would soon be as straightforward as innovating any other modern industrial product. In Evolution Made to Order, Helen Anne Curry traces the history of America's pursuit of tools that could speed up evolution. It is an immersive journey through the scientific and social worlds of midcentury genetics and plant breeding and a compelling exploration of American cultures of innovation. As Curry reveals, the creation of genetic technologies was deeply entangled with other areas of technological innovation-from electromechanical to chemical to nuclear. An important study of biological research and innovation in America, Evolution Made to Order provides vital historical context for current worldwide ethical and policy debates over genetic engineering.
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              ISBN 9780226390086
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2016
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction
               

              Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction (Hardback)

              By Curry, Helen Anne

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              Charting the political, social, and environmental history of efforts to conserve crop diversity. Many people worry that we're losing genetic diversity in the foods we eat. Over the past century, crop varieties standardized for industrial agriculture have increasingly dominated fa...rm fields. Concerned about what this transition means for the future of food, scientists, farmers, and eaters have sought to protect crop plants they consider endangered. They have organized high-tech genebanks and heritage seed swaps. They have combed fields for ancient landraces and sought farmers growing Indigenous varieties. Behind this widespread concern for the loss of plant diversity lies another extinction narrative about the survival of farmers themselves, a story that is often obscured by urgent calls to collect and preserve. Endangered Maize draws on the rich history of corn in Mexico and the United States to trace the motivations behind these hidden extinction stories and show how they shaped the conservation strategies adopted by scientists, states, and citizens. In Endangered Maize, historian Helen Anne Curry investigates more than a hundred years of agriculture and conservation practices to understand the tasks that farmers and researchers have considered essential to maintaining crop diversity. Through the contours of efforts to preserve diversity in one of the world's most important crops, Curry reveals how conservationists forged their methods around expectations of social, political, and economic transformations that would eliminate diverse communities and cultures. In this fascinating study of how cultural narratives shape science, Curry argues for new understandings of endangerment and alternative strategies to protect and preserve crop diversity.
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              ISBN 9780520307681
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2022
              Publisher University of California Press
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              Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America
               

              Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Curry, Helen Anne

              • RRP: $68.99
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              Plant breeders have long sought technologies to extend human control over nature. Early in the twentieth century, this led some to experiment with startlingly strange tools like x-ray machines, chromosome-altering chemicals, and radioactive elements. Contemporary reports celebrat...ed these mutation-inducing methods as ways of generating variation in plants on demand. Speeding up evolution, they imagined, would allow breeders to genetically engineer crops and flowers to order. Creating a new food crop or garden flower would soon be as straightforward as innovating any other modern industrial product. In Evolution Made to Order, Helen Anne Curry traces the history of America's pursuit of tools that could intervene in evolution. An immersive journey through the scientific and social worlds of midcentury genetics and plant breeding and a compelling exploration of American cultures of innovation, Evolution Made to Order provides vital historical context for current worldwide ethical and policy debates over genetic engineering.
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              ISBN 9780226790862
              Released NZ 27 Jul 2021
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction

              Endangered Maize: Industrial Agriculture and the Crisis of Extinction (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Curry, Helen Anne

              • RRP: $56.99
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              Charting the political, social, and environmental history of efforts to conserve crop diversity. Many people worry that we're losing genetic diversity in the foods we eat. Over the past century, crop varieties standardized for industrial agriculture have increasingly dominated fa...rm fields. Concerned about what this transition means for the future of food, scientists, farmers, and eaters have sought to protect crop plants they consider endangered. They have organized high-tech genebanks and heritage seed swaps. They have combed fields for ancient landraces and sought farmers growing Indigenous varieties. Behind this widespread concern for the loss of plant diversity lies another extinction narrative about the survival of farmers themselves, a story that is often obscured by urgent calls to collect and preserve. Endangered Maize draws on the rich history of corn in Mexico and the United States to trace the motivations behind these hidden extinction stories and show how they shaped the conservation strategies adopted by scientists, states, and citizens. In Endangered Maize, historian Helen Anne Curry investigates more than a hundred years of agriculture and conservation practices to understand the tasks that farmers and researchers have considered essential to maintaining crop diversity. Through the contours of efforts to preserve diversity in one of the world's most important crops, Curry reveals how conservationists forged their methods around expectations of social, political, and economic transformations that would eliminate diverse communities and cultures. In this fascinating study of how cultural narratives shape science, Curry argues for new understandings of endangerment and alternative strategies to protect and preserve crop diversity.
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              ISBN 9780520307698
              Released NZ 15 Feb 2022
              Publisher University of California Press
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              Worlds of Natural History
               

              Worlds of Natural History (Hardback)

              Edited by Curry, Helen Anne; Jardine, Nicholas; Secord, James Andrew; Spary, Emma C.

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              Explores the development of natural history since the Renaissance and contextualizes current discussions of biodiversity.

              ISBN 9781316510315
              Released NZ 22 Nov 2018
              Publisher Cambridge University Press
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Worlds of Natural History
               

              Worlds of Natural History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Curry, Helen Anne; Jardine, Nicholas; Secord, James Andrew; Spary, Emma C.

              • RRP: $75.99
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              Explores the development of natural history since the Renaissance and contextualizes current discussions of biodiversity.

              ISBN 9781316649718
              Released NZ 22 Nov 2018
              Publisher Cambridge University Press
              Interest Age 16+ years
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