Does avian malaria infection affect feather stable isotope signatures?


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YOHANNES, Elizabeth, Vaidas PALINAUSKAS, Gediminas VALKIUNAS, Raymond W. LEE, Casimir BOLSHAKOV, Staffan BENSCH, 2011. Does avian malaria infection affect feather stable isotope signatures?. In: Oecologia. 167(4), pp. 937-942. ISSN 0029-8549. eISSN 1432-1939. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2041-x

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