Cinderella's helping pigeons of the microbial world: The potential of testate amoebae for identifying cryptotephra.

@article{Delaine2016CinderellasHP,
  title={Cinderella's helping pigeons of the microbial world: The potential of testate amoebae for identifying cryptotephra.},
  author={Maxence Delaine and Leonardo D. Fern{\'a}ndez and Eric Armynot du Ch{\^a}telet and Philippe Recourt and Jean Luc Potdevin and Edward A. D. Mitchell and Nadine Bernard},
  journal={European journal of protistology},
  year={2016},
  volume={55 Pt B},
  pages={
          152-164
        }
}
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