Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application

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The shasta daisy -- how a troublesome weed was remade into a beautiful flowerLuther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries is a 12–volume monographic series documenting Burbank’s methods and discoveries and their practical application, prepared from his original field notes covering more than 100,000 experiments made during forty years devoted to plant improvement. Created with the assistance of the Luther Burbank Society and its entire membership, under the editorial direction of John Whitson and Robert John and Henry Smith Williams.

Burbank (1849–1926) was one of North America’s foremost American plant breeders. He experimented with thousands of plant varieties and developed many new ones, including new varieties of prunes, plums, raspberries, blackberries, apples, peaches, and nectarines. Besides the Burbank potato, he produced new tomato, corn, squash, pea, and asparagus forms; a spineless cactus useful in cattle feeding; and many new flowers, especially lilies and the famous Shasta daisy.