The “Cycle of Life” in Ecology: Sergei Vinogradskii’s Soil Microbiology, 1885–1940

  title={The “Cycle of Life” in Ecology: Sergei Vinogradskii’s Soil Microbiology, 1885–1940},
  author={Lloyd T. Ackert},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • L. Ackert
  • Published 11 August 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Historians of science have attributed the emergence of ecology as a discipline in the late nineteenth century to the synthesis of Humboldtian botanical geography and Darwinian evolution. In this essay, I begin to explore another, largely neglected but very important dimension of this history. Using Sergei Vinogradskii’s career and scientific research trajectory as a point of entry, I illustrate the manner in which microbiologists, chemists, botanists, and plant physiologists inscribed the… 

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