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Plant breeding
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1. Definition; history to 1700

The term plant breeding denotes deliberate propagation and breeding of plants in order to improve desired traits. Increased yield, frequently by adapting to changing environmental conditions (Soil; Climate), greater nutritional value, and improved taste were primary goals for changing traits of agricultural crop plants in the early modern period, along with easier exploitability – thanks to better storage faciliti…

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Sieglerschmidt, Jörn, “Plant breeding”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025487>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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