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The author of the book: Bill Laws
ISBN: 1554077982
ISBN 13: 9781554077984
Language: English
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Edition: Firefly Books
Date of issue: January 25th 2011

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The fascinating stories of the plants that changed civilizations.

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries feature a description of the plant, its botanical name, its native range and its primary functions -- edible, medicinal, commercial or practical. Concise text is highlighted by elegant botanical drawings, paintings and photographs as well as insightful quotes.

Many of the plants are well known, such as rice, tea, cotton, rubber, wheat, sugarcane, tobacco, wine grapes and corn. However, there are also many whose stories are less known. These history-changing plants include:



Agave, used to make sisal, poison arrows, bullets, tequila and surgical thread
Pineapple, which influenced the construction of greenhouses and conservatories
Hemp, used for hangman's rope, sustainable plastics, the Declaration of Independence and Levi's jeans
Coconut, used for coir fiber, soap, margarine, cream, sterile IV drips and coagulants
Eucalyptus, used in mouthwash, diuretics, vitamins, honey, underwear and fire-resistant uniforms
Sweet pea, which Gregor Mendel used in his research on genetic heredity
White mulberry, used to make silk
English oak, used for fire-resistant structures, dyes, leather tanning, charcoal, casks and ships
White willow, used in the manufacture of aspirin, cricket bats, hot-air balloon baskets and coffins This attractive reference provides an innovative perspective on both botanical and human history.


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