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Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture

R. Ford Denison


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. This book presents an entirely new approach to these challenges, one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selection. It 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. It explains why plant traits that have been genetically optimized by individual selection—such as photosynt ... More

Keywords: agriculture, sustainability, evolution, natural selection, biotechnology, plant breeding, genetic improvement, photosynthesis, drought tolerance, wild species

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691139500
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691139500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Ford Denison, author
University of Minnesota