The Resource Engineering the environment : phytotrons and the quest for climate control in the Cold War, David P.D. Munns, (electronic resource)

Engineering the environment : phytotrons and the quest for climate control in the Cold War, David P.D. Munns, (electronic resource)

Label
Engineering the environment : phytotrons and the quest for climate control in the Cold War
Title
Engineering the environment
Title remainder
phytotrons and the quest for climate control in the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
David P.D. Munns
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
P@U
Dewey number
581.072/4
Index
index present
LC call number
QK715.5
LC item number
.M86 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Engineering the environment : phytotrons and the quest for climate control in the Cold War, David P.D. Munns, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Prelude. The World of Trons; Introduction. The Age of Biology; 1. "The Awe in Which Biologists Hold Physicists": Building the First Phytotron at Caltech; 2. At Work in the Caltech Phytotron; 3. The Climatron; Coda I. The Finale of Frits Went; 4. The Postcolonial Science of the Australian Phytotron; 5. The Twin Phytotrons of the Triangle between Duke and North Carolina State; 6. Big Biology in the Biotron; Coda II. The Passing of the Age of Biology; Conclusion. The New Age of Climate; Appendices; I. Chemical Symbols and Substances
  • II. Phytotronic Units of IlluminationIII. Botanical Terms; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn990478260
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822982760
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt1r5rfxs
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.b36980286
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)990478260
  • jstor0822982765

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