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Title: Detecting sex-related differences in mesograzer feeding experiments: An often overlooked source of intraspecific variation in herbivory: Detecting sex-biased differences in herbivory
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Journal Name:
Limnology and Oceanography: Methods
Page Range / eLocation ID:
542 to 553
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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