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Science  14 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5707, pp. 210-211
DOI: 10.1126/science.1107113

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Plants and Empire Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World. By Londa Schiebinger. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004. 318 pp. $39.95, £25.95, €36.90. ISBN 0-674-01487-1.

The author examines the factors that influenced how and to what extent knowledge of plants used by indigenous and African inhabitants of the Caribbean moved into--and failed to move into--Europe and colonial plantations around the world.