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Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields. / Sutton, Gregory; Clarke, Dominic; Morley, Erica; Robert, Daniel.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 113, No. 26, 28.06.2016, p. 7261-7265.

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Sutton, G, Clarke, D, Morley, E & Robert, D 2016, 'Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, no. 26, pp. 7261-7265. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1601624113

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Sutton, G., Clarke, D., Morley, E., & Robert, D. (2016). Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(26), 7261-7265. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1601624113

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Sutton G, Clarke D, Morley E, Robert D. Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2016 Jun 28;113(26):7261-7265. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1601624113

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Sutton, Gregory ; Clarke, Dominic ; Morley, Erica ; Robert, Daniel. / Mechanosensory hairs in bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) detect weak electric fields. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2016 ; Vol. 113, No. 26. pp. 7261-7265.

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