Cambridge Library Collection – Botany and Horticulture: The Origin of Cultivated Plants

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Cambridge Library Collection – Botany and Horticulture: The Origin of Cultivated Plants Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 482 Illustrations and other contents: Worked examples or Exercises Language: English ISBN: 9781108038904 Categories: , , , , ,

Alphonse de Candolle (1806-93) was a French-Swiss botanist who was an important figure in the study of the origins of plants and the reasons for their geographic distribution. He also created the first Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Despite initially studying law, he took over both the chair of botany at the University of Geneva, and the directorship of Geneva’s botanical gardens from his father Augustin de Candolle (1778-1841). He published numerous botanical books, and edited ten volumes of the Prodromus, a seventeen-volume reference text intended to cover the key properties of all known seed plants. This work, reissued in the second edition of the English translation of 1886, is his most famous and influential book, tracing the geographic origins of plants known to have been cultivated by humans. It is one of the earliest studies of the history of crop domestication, and an important contribution to phytogeography.

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