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Susanna Lyle has over 25 years of practical and academic experience with plant and soil studies. She has taught horticulture, plant science, and garden design, and has edited many scientific and educational books and journals. Born in England, she earned her doctorate with a focus on wetland plants from Exeter University and spent several years doing horticultural and ornamental work, from laboring to planning and designing gardens and woodlands. Now a full-time author, she continues doing horticultural research in her new homeland, New Zealand. The unique New Zealand climate has allowed her to experiment with the unusual temperate and subtropical species of fruit and nuts that have become her area of focus. In particular, she has become fascinated with the many health benefits of these unusual plants.