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  • Geographical Genetics by B. K. EppersonReview by: J. Ch.Folia Geobotanica, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Sep., 2004), p. 334Published by: SpringerStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25134063 .Accessed: 18/06/2014 05:10

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