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Greenhouse Ecosystems is an extensive treatment of greenhouses and their artificial environments. Sixteen chapters written by a number of international experts describe greenhouses and their history, geography and operational details. Cultivating plants out of season is an ancient and time-honored custom, and the first chapter describes techniques used in China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece and Italy to take care of plants in certain circumstances.