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Effect of the abrasive properties of sedges on the intestinal absorptive surface and resting metabolic rate of root voles

Effect of the abrasive properties of sedges on the intestinal absorptive surface and resting metabolic rate of root voles

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WIECZOREK, Monika, Paulina SZAFRAŃSKA, Anna Maria LABECKA, Javier LÁZARO, Marek KONARZEWSKI, 2015. Effect of the abrasive properties of sedges on the intestinal absorptive surface and resting metabolic rate of root voles. In: The Journal of Experimental Biology. 218(2), pp. 309-315. ISSN 0022-0949. eISSN 1477-9145

@article{Wieczorek2015Effec-30840, title={Effect of the abrasive properties of sedges on the intestinal absorptive surface and resting metabolic rate of root voles}, year={2015}, doi={10.1242/jeb.117168}, number={2}, volume={218}, issn={0022-0949}, journal={The Journal of Experimental Biology}, pages={309--315}, author={Wieczorek, Monika and Szafrańska, Paulina and Labecka, Anna Maria and Lázaro, Javier and Konarzewski, Marek} }

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