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Title: Stored root carbohydrates can maintain root respiration for extended periods

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  1. Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia, Aiken SC 29802 USA, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602 USA
  2. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602 USA
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New Phytologist
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Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-12-27 14:30:41; Journal ID: ISSN 0028-646X
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United Kingdom

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Aubrey, Doug P., and Teskey, Robert O. Stored root carbohydrates can maintain root respiration for extended periods. United Kingdom: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1111/nph.14972.
Aubrey, Doug P., & Teskey, Robert O. Stored root carbohydrates can maintain root respiration for extended periods. United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/nph.14972.
Aubrey, Doug P., and Teskey, Robert O. 2017. "Stored root carbohydrates can maintain root respiration for extended periods". United Kingdom. doi:10.1111/nph.14972.
title = {Stored root carbohydrates can maintain root respiration for extended periods},
author = {Aubrey, Doug P. and Teskey, Robert O.},
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doi = {10.1111/nph.14972},
journal = {New Phytologist},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = 2017,
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