thirty years, Danish plant scientist Bent Skovmand served as adviser to
dozens of countries and hunted for seeds with genes to resist disease
and such environmental stresses as drought, flooding, and global
an era when multinational corporations often jealously guarded patents
on plant breeding, Skovmand fought to keep his seed bank a free, open
scientific exchange for breeders and farmers everywhere.
By telling the story of Skovmand and his colleagues, The Viking in the Wheat Field sheds welcome light on an agricultural sector--plant genetic resources--on which our food supply is crucially dependent.
The Viking in the
A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest
by Susan Dworkin
Walker & Company,