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Inevitable decay: Debates over climate, food security, and plant heredity in nineteenth-century Britain

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Climate change and the failure of crops are significant but overlooked events in the history of heredity. Bad weather and dangerously low harvests provided momentum and urgency for answers to questions about how best to improve and acclimatize staple varieties. In the 1790s, a series of crop failures in Britain led to the popularization of and widespread debate over Thomas Andrew Knight’s suggestion that poor weather was in fact largely unconnected to the bad harvests. Rather, Knight argued, ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1007/s10739-018-9550-y

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History
Oxford college:
Linacre College
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ORCID:
0000-0003-2062-7022
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Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the History of Biology Journal website
Publication date:
2018-12-11
Acceptance date:
2018-12-11
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EISSN:
1573-0387
ISSN:
0022-5010
Pubs id:
pubs:951591
URN:
uri:7f87dc67-dba7-4b48-964d-aa984df867c9
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uuid:7f87dc67-dba7-4b48-964d-aa984df867c9
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pubs:951591

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