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Pollen and nectar quality drive major and minor floral choices of bumble bees

Bibliographic reference Somme, Laurent ; Vanderplanck, Maryse ; Michez, Denis ; Lombaerde, Isabelle ; Moerman, Romain ; et. al. Pollen and nectar quality drive major and minor floral choices of bumble bees. In: Apidologie, Vol. 45, p. pp. 92-106 (2014)
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