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Title: What determines forest litter decomposition? Global trends and local variance


Laskowski, Ryszard

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Geographia Polonica Vol. 85 No. 2 (2012)



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Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund



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