Boyce Patents the Mechanical Reaper

Joseph Boyce invented and patented the mechanical reaper in 1799 in England. Continue reading

Ginger Grows in the New World

The southeast asian spice, ginger (Zingiber officinale) was first shipped from Santiago in Hispaniola (Dominican Republic) to Spain Continue reading

First Biological Pest Control Used on Beetles

The first large scale biological pest control used in the USA was in 1886 against the cottony-cushion scale Continue reading

Macadamia Nuts Planted for Commercial Usage

Commercial macadamia nut orchards were planted in Hawaii, USA in 1921. Continue reading

Genetically Engineered Tobacco Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved genetically engineered high-yield tobacco plants for outdoor testing in 1986. Continue reading

Grapefruit Cross-Bred from Pomelo

Grapefruit was cross-breed from a Malaysian citrus pomelo fruit in West Indies in 1696, Continue reading

European Sugar Mill

Pietro Speciale of Sicily in 1449, invented the sugar mill. Continue reading

Commercial Production of Barbed Wire Fencing

Barbed wire fencing was commercially produced on November 1, 1873 by the Barb Fence Company in Dekalb, Illinois, USA following an invention patent obtained by owner, Joseph Farwell Glidden. Continue reading

Sugar Cane Cultivation

Sugar cane cultivation began on the islands of the South Pacific, circa 6000 BCE.
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Carl Gustaf Patrik Laval

Gustaf de Laval was born at Orsa in Dalarna in the Swedish de Laval Huguenot family (immigrated 1622 - Claude de Laval, soldier - knighted de Laval 1647). Continue reading