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Research article
17 Dec 2012
Research article |  | 17 Dec 2012

Density fractions versus size separates: does physical fractionation isolate functional soil compartments?

C. Moni, D. Derrien, P.-J. Hatton, B. Zeller, and M. Kleber

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