WHAT HAVE PLANTS EVER DONE FOR US
WHAT HAVE PLANTS EVER DONE FOR US

WHAT HAVE PLANTS EVER DONE FOR US

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From the coffee bush which gives us cappuccinos to the rubber tree which produces tyres, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way. Plants have provided paper and ink, chemicals that could kill or cure, vital sustenance and stimulants. Some, such as barley, have been staples from earliest times; others, such as oil palm, are newcomers to Western industry.
  • Author: Harris, Stephen
  • Publisher: Bodleian Library
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publication Date: 20/11/2015
  • ISBN: 9781851244478
  • B-Code: B021155
  • Illustrated: 50 b/w illustrations
  • Pages: 224
  • Dimensions: 216x138mm