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Bhutta, W.M. The Effect of Cultivar on the Variation of Spring Wheat Grain Quality under Drought Conditions. CEREAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS 35, 1609–1619 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1556/CRC.35.2007.4.8
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