Summer Reading Sale

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers

I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »


This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.

Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

This title in other editions

Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture


Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

As human populations grow and resources are depleted, agriculture will need to use land, water, and other resources more efficiently and without sacrificing long-term sustainability. Darwinian Agriculture presents an entirely new approach to these challenges, one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selection.

R. Ford Denison shows how both biotechnology and traditional plant breeding can use Darwinian insights to identify promising routes for crop genetic improvement and avoid costly dead ends. Denison explains why plant traits that have been genetically optimized by individual selection--such as photosynthesis and drought tolerance--are bad candidates for genetic improvement. Traits like plant height and leaf angle, which determine the collective performance of plant communities, offer more room for improvement. Agriculturalists can also benefit from more sophisticated comparisons among natural communities and from the study of wild species in the landscapes where they evolved.

Darwinian Agriculture reveals why it is sometimes better to slow or even reverse evolutionary trends when they are inconsistent with our present goals, and how we can glean new ideas from natural selection's marvelous innovations in wild species.

Product Details

Princeton University Press
Science : Life Sciences - Horticulture
Denison, R. Ford
Denison, R. Ford Ford
Science : Life Sciences - Evolution
Science : Biotechnology
Technology & Engineering : Agriculture - General
Publication Date:
July 2012

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General

Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 248 pages Princeton University Press - English 9781400842810 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at