Burbank, Luther at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. plant breeder. Reared on a farm in Lancaster, Mass., he never obtained a college education. Influenced by C. Darwin's writings on domesticated plants, he began a plant-breeding career at 21. On the proceeds of his rapid development of the hugely successful Burbank potato, he set up a nursery garden, greenhouse, and experimental farms in Santa Rosa, Cal. There he developed more than 800 new and useful strains and varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, grains, and grasses, many of which are still commercially important. His laboratory became world-famous, and he helped make plant breeding a modern science. He published two multivolume works and a series of descriptive catalogs.