Origin and Geography of Cultivated Plants

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The work of Nickolay Ivanovich Vavilov has formed the basis of much of the study of plant genetic resources that is carried out. In recognition of his contribution to plant science, and to commemorate the centenary of his birth, a collection of all of Vavgilov's works on the origin and geography of cultivated plant species was published in Russian in 1987. This English translation sees the publication of these seminal papers in their original form, but not original language, for the first time. The structure of the book, with papers arranged in chronological order from 1920 to 1940, provides a unique opportunity to retrace both the development Vavilov's theories on cultivated plants and his gradual creation of a definite terminology. the book will be of great interest to all those concerned with the development of cultivated plant species, not only in terms of the history of this discipline and its status, but also its future direction.
 

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Contents

On the Eastern centers of origin of cultivated plants
1
On the origin of cultivated plants
14
Centers of origin of cultivated plants
22
cultivated plants
136
Universal centers of a wealth of types genes of cultivated plants
144
The problem concerning the origin of cultivated plants as presently
158
Mexico and Central America as a basic center of origin of cultivated
207
Union Institute of Plant Industry toward their utilization
239
The plant resources of the world and their utilization for socialistic
305
The phytogeographical basis for plant breeding
316
Asia the source of species
367
Plant resources of the world and their utilization for plant breeding
371
The important agricultural crops of preColumbian America and their
391
Reply to the article by G N Shlykov Formal genetics and consistent
416
Introduction of plants during the Soviet era and its results
443
New data on the cultivated flora of China and its importance for Soviet
461

The world centers of origin of agriculture and the soil map of the world
245
Soviet science and the study of the problem concerning the origin
251
The present state of worldwide agriculture and agricultural sciences
286
List of vernacular plant names
484
Index of animal names 497
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Page 131 - A close acquaintance with cultivated plants and with the multitude of types and their differentiation into geographical groups as well as their frequently sharp physiological isolation from each other compel us to refer the very origin of cultivated plants to such remote epochs, where periods of 5-10000 years such as concern archeologists represent but a brief moment.

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