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From humble beginnings as a small desert laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology has evolved into a thriving international center of plant molecular biology on the campus of Stanford University. This fourth in a series of five histories of the Carnegie Institution considers the beginnings of ecology, complexities of photosynthesis, great mid-century evolutionary synthesis and the start of the plant molecular revolution.Read more
- Part of a five volume set describing the history of the Carnegie Institution of Washington
- Illustrated with photographs from the Institution archives
- Complete history of the scientific development and successes of the department
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"...informative and well written."
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"The author, a science writer and a former Carnegie Institution editor, provides a narrative spanning a century. She offers insights from a variety of source materials, including archival correspondence and interviews with Carnegie scientists as well as the writings of professional historians of science. She writes well."
Nancy Slack, The Sage Colleges, Journal of the History of Biology
"The Department of Plant Biology is a solid institutional history. More broadly, it explicates the extent to which American ecologists tied to agricultural and environmental science, and biochemists linked through engineering science to national security, approached a zero-sum game of defining and controlling biology through much of the twentieth century."
Philip J. Pauly, Isis
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- Date Published: January 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107412415
- length: 294 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. An outpost in the desert
2. Early years at the desert lab
3. Daniel MacDougal: engineer of life
4. A decade of change
5. Terminations and taperings
6. A mythic collaboration
7. The black box of photosynthesis
8. Years of duty
9. The decade of chlorophyll
10. Defining a new ecology
11. The emerging complexity
12. An integrative approach
13. Common ground
14. The molecular era.
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