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Non-target impacts of weed control on birds, mammals, and reptiles. / Lindenmayer, David B.; Wood, Jeff; MacGregor, Christopher; Hobbs, Richard J.; Catford, Jane A.

In: Ecosphere, Vol. 8, No. 5, e01804, 05.2017.

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Lindenmayer, DB, Wood, J, MacGregor, C, Hobbs, RJ & Catford, JA 2017, 'Non-target impacts of weed control on birds, mammals, and reptiles', Ecosphere, vol. 8, no. 5, e01804. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1804

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Lindenmayer, D. B., Wood, J., MacGregor, C., Hobbs, R. J., & Catford, J. A. (2017). Non-target impacts of weed control on birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecosphere, 8(5), [e01804]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1804

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Lindenmayer DB, Wood J, MacGregor C, Hobbs RJ, Catford JA. Non-target impacts of weed control on birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecosphere. 2017 May;8(5). e01804. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.1804

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Lindenmayer, David B. ; Wood, Jeff ; MacGregor, Christopher ; Hobbs, Richard J. ; Catford, Jane A. / Non-target impacts of weed control on birds, mammals, and reptiles. In: Ecosphere. 2017 ; Vol. 8, No. 5.

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