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Title: Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests

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  1. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM 87545 USA
  2. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FE UK, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
  3. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
New Phytologist
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 215; Journal Issue: 1; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-20 17:19:35; Journal ID: ISSN 0028-646X
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom

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Christoffersen, Bradley, Meir, Patrick, and McDowell, Nate G. Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests. United Kingdom: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1111/nph.14601.
Christoffersen, Bradley, Meir, Patrick, & McDowell, Nate G. Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests. United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/nph.14601.
Christoffersen, Bradley, Meir, Patrick, and McDowell, Nate G. Wed . "Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests". United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/nph.14601.
title = {Linking plant hydraulics and beta diversity in tropical forests},
author = {Christoffersen, Bradley and Meir, Patrick and McDowell, Nate G.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1111/nph.14601},
journal = {New Phytologist},
number = 1,
volume = 215,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {Wed May 31 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed May 31 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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