Progress in Botany

Progress in Botany

Book 64
Springer Science & Business Media
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With one volume each year, this series keeps scientists and advanced students informed of the latest developments and results in all areas of the plant sciences.
The present volume includes reviews on genetics, cell biology, physiology, comparative morphology, systematics, ecology, and vegetation science.
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Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Dec 6, 2012
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Pages
536
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ISBN
9783642558191
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English
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Science / Life Sciences / Botany
Science / Life Sciences / Cell Biology
Science / Life Sciences / Ecology
Science / Life Sciences / Microbiology
Science / Life Sciences / Molecular Biology
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / Forestry
Technology & Engineering / Agriculture / General
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