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Plant sexuality
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1. Basics

In the transition from natural history to biology around 1800, debates over whether plants as well as animals propagate sexually played a prominent role that seems remarkable today. The reasons are many. First, these discussions were closely associated with the emergence of biological questions in the 18th century that focused on manifestations of life in general rather than the multitude of individual flora and fauna. Second, understandings of human sexua…

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Müller-Wille, Staffan, “Plant sexuality”, 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 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027461>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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