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Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 / Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application
(1914)

Luther Burbank -- the sum of his work with plant life -- what it has meant to science and agriculture,   pp. [155]-[201] PDF (10.3 MB)


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THE SUM OF HIS WORK
Raspberry; and there were no fewer than ten
other raspberry hybrids that were listed specifi-
cally each under a definitive name or number,
and offered for sale as new varieties at a specified
price.
Moreover, a list was given of no fewer than
thirty-seven named species of Rubus (the generic
name of the tribe of raspberries and blackberries)
that had been utilized in the hybridizing experi-
ments through which the new varieties have been
produced; and the statement was made with refer-
ence to the list that "the combinations are endless;
the results are startling and as surprising to myself
as they will be to others when known."
An inkling of the work involved in the produc-
tion of these unique results is given in an explana-
tory paragraph:
"Everybody appreciates delicious berries, but
probably not one person in each million has the
faintest idea of the labor and expense of crossing,
raising and testing a million new kinds of berries
as the writer has done, and selecting with untiring
diligence those which are to become standards of
excellence as the years roll by.
The reader of earlier chapters of this work will
fully comprehend the sense in which the phrase
"a million new kinds of berries" is used. We
have learned that each variant type of cultivated
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