Darwin’s botanical research constitutes the heart of his activity as an experimenter. For it is only in the botanical papers that we can find Darwin conducting an extensive long-term program of replicated experiments and systematic observations. A large proportion of the volumes in the Charles Darwin Papers are botanical, and it was from these portfolios that Darwin’s six treatises on the reproductive and physiological adaptations of plants emerged. This work had revolutionary consequences in several areas of botany.
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