Nikolai Vavilov: Who was the Indiana Jones of Botany?


Nikolai Vavilov traveled to 64 countries gathering seeds and plants and established the first seed bank. Stalin had the botanist sentenced to death, but his seed bank endured: Other scientists guarded the stores from rats, starving Russians and the Nazis.

Topics in this Podcast: science history, botany, 20th century, 19th century, Russian history