A microwave digestion method for the extraction of phytoliths from herbarium specimens

  title={A microwave digestion method for the extraction of phytoliths from herbarium specimens},
  author={Jeffrey F. Parr and V. Dolic and Graham Lancaster and W. E. Boyd},
  journal={Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology},
  • J. ParrV. Dolic W. Boyd
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

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