Jean Senebier, science du végétal et science de l'agriculture

Abstract : This essay examines the particular position of Jean Senebier on how to study and improve agriculture. It suggests that Jean Senebier position belongs to a specific learned tradition which developed during the 18th century since the works of Stephen Hales, Charles bonnet, Duhamel du Monceau until the studies of Nicolas-Théodore de Saussure. This tradition was based on works related to plant functioning (the internal motion of their fluids and the exchange of matters plants have with outside). This essay explores particularly the example of cultivated plant diseases and the case of substances nourishing cultivated plants (nature and mode of absorption). It presents how this physiological position leads Senebier to share a certain vision of agriculture science – new field running to its setting at that time – which should integrate physico-chemical and socio-economic exchanges.
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Gilles Denis. Jean Senebier, science du végétal et science de l'agriculture. Archives des sciences, Société de physique et d'histoire naturelle de Genève, 2011, Jean Senebier, 63 (1-2), pp.29-42. 〈hal-01289509〉

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