The Emergence of Forest Genetics in Portugal. The Works of Joaquim Vieira Natividade (1899-1968) in the Alcobaça Cork Oak Station

García-Pereda, Ignacio (2017). The Emergence of Forest Genetics in Portugal. The Works of Joaquim Vieira Natividade (1899-1968) in the Alcobaça Cork Oak Station. "Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences", v. 47 (n. 1); pp. 76-106. ISSN 1939-1811. https://doi.org/10.1525/hsns.2017.47.1.76.

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Title: The Emergence of Forest Genetics in Portugal. The Works of Joaquim Vieira Natividade (1899-1968) in the Alcobaça Cork Oak Station
Author/s:
  • García-Pereda, Ignacio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Date: February 2017
Volume: 47
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: forestry, cork, fascism, history of genetics, plant breeding, experimental system
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the history of biology and forestry in Portugal. It will focus on the one state-owned cork oak station devoted to forestry research, showing how its foresters and scientists shaped, and relied on, the state-controlled unions, both for producing and distributing varieties of cork oak and for controlling the seeds and plants forest owners used. Portugal played a very special role in the international development of Mediterranean forest genetics during the first half of the twentieth century. Forestry genetics were decisive for the Estado Novo government, and the Alcobac¿a Station became a model for the future organization of other countries? applied forestry research centers. The paper shows how the milieu of forestry scientists and breeders played an important role in the development and institutionalization of genetics in Portugal. The paper will explore how these relationships made it possible for the scientists to test, multiply, and distribute the seeds and plants they produced at the laboratory throughout the Portuguese landscape, thus demonstrating the role of scientists as active agents of state formation and landscape transformation within a corporate political economy. The history of the Alcobac¿a Forest Station is an important example of fascist institution building

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Item ID: 50174
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/50174/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50174
DOI: 10.1525/hsns.2017.47.1.76
Official URL: http://hsns.ucpress.edu/content/47/1/76
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 18 Apr 2018 10:11
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 10:11
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