Review by Janet Raloff
give thought to where the tomato, apple or walnuts in their salad came from. Or
what grains gave rise to the wheat in their bread or barley in their beer.
Born in 1887, Nikolay Vavilov is known for creating the
world’s first major seed bank. To assemble that living genetic library, which
still survives in
Even up to 90 years after Vavilov’s journey, many spots
remain exotic and little changed. On the “roof of the world” in
Equal parts travelog, biography and botanical history,
Nabhan breathes life into the exploits of
Island Press, 2009, 223 p., $24.95
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