Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 523–535, 2016
SOIL, 2, 523–535, 2016

Original research article 19 Oct 2016

Original research article | 19 Oct 2016

Soil denitrifier community size changes with land use change to perennial bioenergy cropping systems

Karen A. Thompson et al.

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