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Published by Wiley-Liss in New York .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Forest ecology.,
  • Forest plants -- Effect of acid deposition on.,
  • Acid deposition -- Environmental aspects.,
  • Microbial ecology.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Douglas L. Godbold, Aloys Hüttermann.
SeriesWiley series in ecological and applied microbiology
ContributionsGodbold, Douglas L., Hüttermann, Aloys.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQH541.5.F6 E44 1994
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 419 p. :
Number of Pages419
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1430568M
ISBN 100471517682
LC Control Number93041974

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