From the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, the Benary garden centre was one of the large, globally active garden centres in Erfurt. At the same time, genetics was developing as a new and very soon central discipline of biology. As a plant breeder, Benary was necessarily concerned with the inheritance of characteristics of his varieties - to what extent did he have knowledge of the developments in genetics or was he even involved in them? Against the background of these questions, the company library of the Benary company, which has been transferred to the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, was examined.
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