N.C. Karafyllis (ed.): Theorien der Lebendsammlung—Pflanzen, Mikroben und Tiere als Biofakte in Genbanken. [Theories of living collections—plants, microbes and animals as biofacts in genebanks]

Karl Alber, Freiburg/München, 458 pp, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-495-48975-8
  • Axel DiederichsenEmail author
Book Review

Nicole Karafyllis, Full Professor at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and Chair of the Philosophy Institute, is the editor of this book as volume 25 in the serial Lebenswissenschaften im Dialog (Life Sciences in dialogue) of the Publisher Karl Alber (Freiburg/München).

Diversity conservation of crop plants finally reached also the ivory towers of philosophers, while social and political science have been engaged in this field at least since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force in 1992. Karafyllis book proofs, how thoroughly biodiversity related matters are discussed in Germany society. She attempts to bridge the gap between applied life sciences and the humanities. Karafyllis states in her introduction “A theory of collections for living collections is so far not existent”. The origin of living systematic plant collections were botanical gardens established prior to the atomization of the academic discourse of today. This happened at a time when life...


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  1. 1.Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaSaskatoonCanada

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