The glass box that reshaped the world

The BBC recently posted an interesting article on the clever glass box that “reshaped the world”.  The Wardian box was developed by Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, a doctor from London’s East End in the 1830’s.  It allowed plants to be transported live across the seas.  Previously, 90% of plants transported by ship died.  Using the Wardian box allowed 90% to survive.  This enabled the spread of crops globally, with attendant positive and negative impacts.  Doubtless, it led to the spread of many invasive plants, animals and diseases…

 

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