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The bee, the flower, and the electric field: electric ecology and aerial electroreception

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The bee, the flower, and the electric field : electric ecology and aerial electroreception. / Clarke, Dominic; Morley, Erica; Robert, Daniel.

In: Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Vol. 203, No. 9, 09.2017, p. 737-748.

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Clarke, Dominic ; Morley, Erica ; Robert, Daniel. / The bee, the flower, and the electric field : electric ecology and aerial electroreception. In: Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 2017 ; Vol. 203, No. 9. pp. 737-748.

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