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This is the first history of phytotrons, huge climate-controlled laboratories that enabled plant scientists to experiment on the environmental causes of growth and development of living organisms. Made possible by computers and other modern technologies of the early Cold War, such as air conditioning and humidity control, phytotrons promised an end to global hunger and political instability, spreading around the world to thirty countries after World War II. The United States built nearly a dozen, including the first at Caltech in 1949. By the mid-1960s, as support and funding for basic science dwindled, phytotrons declined and ultimately disappeared—until, nearly thirty years later, the British built the Ecotron to study the impact of climate change on biological communities. By recalling the forgotten history of phytotrons, David P. D. Munns reminds us of the important role they can play in helping researchers unravel the complexities of natural ecosystems in the Anthropocene.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front flap, Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Prelude: The World of Trons
  2. pp. xvii-2
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  1. Introduction. The Age of Biology
  2. pp. 3-34
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  1. Chapter 1. “The Awe in Which Biologists Hold Physicists”
  2. pp. 35-62
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  1. Chapter 2. At Work in the Caltech Phytotron
  2. pp. 63-103
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  1. Chapter 3. The Climatron
  2. pp. 104-129
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  1. Coda I. The Finale of Frits Went
  2. pp. 130-134
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  1. Chapter 4. The Postcolonial Science of the Australian Phytotron
  2. pp. 135-167
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  1. Chapter 5. The Twin Phytotrons of the Research Triangle Between Duke and North Carolina State
  2. pp. 168-195
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  1. Chapter 6. Big Biology in the Biotron
  2. pp. 196-225
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  1. Coda II. The Passing of the Age of Biology
  2. pp. 226-231
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  1. Conclusion. The New Age of Climate
  2. pp. 232-248
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 249-250
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-334
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822982760
Related ISBN(s)
9780822944744
MARC Record
OCLC
990478260
Pages
358
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No

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