Reworking the idea of chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) cultivation in Roman times: New data from ancient Campania

  title={Reworking the idea of chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) cultivation in Roman times: New data from ancient Campania},
  author={Gaetano Di Pasquale and Emilia Allevato and Elda Russo Ermolli and Sylvie Coubray and Carmine Lubritto and Fabio Marzaioli and Minoru Yoneda and Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Y. Kano and Satoru Matsuyama and Girolamo F. De Simone},
  journal={Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology},
  pages={865 - 873}
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