The Reason for Flowers

The Reason for Flowers

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Cultural history at its besta€”the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the worlda€™s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. Flowering plants continue to serve as inspiration in our myths and legends, in the fine and decorative arts, and in literary works of prose and poetry. Flowers seduce usa€”and animals, tooa€”through their myriad shapes, colors, textures, and scents. And because of our extraordinary appetite for more unusual and beautiful a€œsuper flowers, a€ plant breeders have created such unnatural blooms as blue roses and black petunias to cater to the human world of haute couture fashion. In so doing, the nectar and pollen vital to the bees, butterflies, and bats of the world, are being reduced. Buchmann explains the unfortunate consequences, and explores how to counter them by growing the right flowers. Here, he integrates fascinating stories about the many colorful personalities who populate the world of flowers, and the flowers and pollinators themselves, with a research-based narrative that illuminates just why there is, indeed, a Reason for Flowers.... the bees saw them. We got to work dissecting flowers and modifying others, figuring out what we might test. ... Long on alpine flowers near the Carnegie Alpine Laboratory on the slopes of Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies. Clements lateranbsp;...

Title:The Reason for Flowers
Author:Stephen Buchmann
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-07-21


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