There is no field more promising of results and none that has received less attention until recently than the investigation of the more hidden life histories of our cultivated plants. The gross anatomy of these plants has long been studied. Later we learned of their relationships through a study of their grouping and classifications. Lastly, the microscope with all its world of technique has been brought to the study of the various plant structures. The best and most nearly perfect or ideal treatment of our cultivated plants can be attained only when we know all that is possible regarding their life history and their structure; for all have their bearing on the problem of production, fruitfulness, fertility and hybridization. In no other group of plants is this more true than in those to which we give the most intensive culture, such as our horticultural crops, especially the orchard fruits.
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Buchanan, R. Earle
"A Contribution to our Knowledge of the Development of Prunus americana,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 11(1), 77-93.
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