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For thirty years, Danish plant scientist Bent Skovmand served as adviser to dozens of countries and hunted for seeds with genes to resist disease and such environmental stresses as drought, flooding, and global warming. In an era when multinational corporations often jealously guarded patents on plant breeding, Skovmand fought to keep his seed bank a free, open scientific exchange for breeders and farmers everywhere.

By telling the story of Skovmand and his colleagues, The Viking in the Wheat Field sheds welcome light on an agricultural sector--plant genetic resources--on which our food supply is crucially dependent.

Synopsis:

For thirty years, Danish plant scientist Bent Skovmand served as adviser to dozens of countries and hunted for seeds with genes to resist disease and such environmental stresses as drought, flooding, and global warming. In an era when multinational corporations often jealously guarded patents on plant breeding, Skovmand fought to keep his seed bank a free, open scientific exchange for breeders and farmers everywhere.

By telling the story of Skovmand and his colleagues, The Viking in the Wheat Field sheds welcome light on an agricultural sector--plant genetic resources--on which our food supply is crucially dependent.

About the Author

Susan Dworkin worked briefly for the United States Department of Agriculture during the Kennedy Administration before becoming a journalist, covering foreign aid projects in Iran and Israel. She went on to write biographies of Bess Myerson, Edith Hahn Beer, and others, but she never lost her fascination for agriculture and its love-hate relationship with technology. For ten years she was a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine and has been published in Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, and other national magazines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802778109
Author:
Dworkin, Susan
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy - Crop Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in 1 lb

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Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Crop Science
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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For thirty years, Danish plant scientist Bent Skovmand served as adviser to dozens of countries and hunted for seeds with genes to resist disease and such environmental stresses as drought, flooding, and global warming. In an era when multinational corporations often jealously guarded patents on plant breeding, Skovmand fought to keep his seed bank a free, open scientific exchange for breeders and farmers everywhere.

By telling the story of Skovmand and his colleagues, The Viking in the Wheat Field sheds welcome light on an agricultural sector--plant genetic resources--on which our food supply is crucially dependent.

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