François-Hilaire Gilbert and the Treatise on Artificial Grasslands

par Dominique Poulain, Maître de Conférences d’Agronomie et Histoire de l’Agriculture. Laboratoire de Science du Végétal, Agrocampus Rennes, Adel.

Presentation and analysis of the Treatise on Artificial Grasslands by François-Hilaire Gilbert. Historical and agricultural background of its publication, with a description of places and the rural landscape of the ‘Généralité de Paris’. Definitions of meadows, and especially of artificial grasslands at the end of the old régime in France: Which fodder is grown? Which surface area is required? Which growing methods are recommended? The findings of Gilbert.

Bull.Soc.Hist.Méd.Sci.Vét., 2007, 7 : 66 – 82