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Seeds versus vegetative propagules as strategies for surviving the Anthropocene: social profiles and biocultural consequences

Ellen, Roy F. (2021) Seeds versus vegetative propagules as strategies for surviving the Anthropocene: social profiles and biocultural consequences. In: Karlsson, Bengt G. and Rabo, Annika, eds. Seedways: The Circulation, Control and Care of Plants in a Warming World. KVHAA Konferenser, 104 . Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 145-163. ISBN 978-91-88763-21-1. (KAR id:87724)

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Abstract

This paper seeks to challenge the hegemony of the 'seed' in applied science, in human cultivation systems, and as a trope. It examines the social mechanisms of vegetative dispersal and exchange, focussing on some examples that exemplify the role of markets, kinship and friendship networks in plant management. Particular attention is paid to processes by which propagules move around the world, are stored and diversify. The paper concludes by reviewing the biological and social implications of non-seed plant reproduction, suggesting that these are far more important than we might think in the history of human-plant interaction, and arguably vital to surviving those systemic forces that we have come to describe by the term 'Anthropocene'.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Seed, vegetative propagation, Anthropocene, social mechanisms and impacts, biocultural consequences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Roy Ellen
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 07:12 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/87724 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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