Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko, Soviet Ideology, and Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko, Soviet Ideology, and Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko was born of a peasant family from the Ukraine in 1898. He attended the Kiev Agricultural Institute and was trained as an agronomist. In 1927 he studied the effects of low temperatures on crop plant growth and development, and claimed that this treatment (called “vernalization”) increased crop yields and became an inherited trait in the treated plants.

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