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New lives for ancient and extinct crops / edited by Paul E. Minnis.

  • Minnis, Paul E.
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"New Lives for Ancient and Extinct Crop profiles nine plant species that were important contributors to human diets and medicinal uses in antiquity: maygrass, chenopod, marsh elder, agave, little barley, chia, arrowroot, little millet, and bitter vetch. Each chapter is written by a well-known scholar, who illustrates the value of the ancient crop record to inform the present"--


Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2014]

Physical description

vi, 275 pages ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Maygrass (Phalaris caroliniana Walt.): its role and significance in native eastern North American agriculture / Gayle J. Fritz -- Goosefoot (Chenopodium) / Kristen J. Gremillion -- Sumpweed or marshelder (Iva annua) / Gail E. Wagner and Peter H. Carrington -- Agave (Agave spp.): a crop lost and found in the US-Mexico borderlands / Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish -- Little barley grass (Hordeum pusillum Nutt.): a prehispanic new world domesticate lost to history / Karen R. Adams -- Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) / Emily McClung de Tapia, Diana Martínez-Yrizar, and Carmen Cristina Adriano-Morán -- Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) and leren (Calathea latifolia); marantaceae / Deborah M. Pearsall -- Panicum sumatrense: the forgotten millet / Steven A. Weber and Arunima Kashyap -- Bitter vetch (Vicia ervilia): ancient medicinal crop and farmers' favorite for feeding livestock / Naomi F. MIller and Dirk Enneking.


  • English

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