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The challenges of teaching undergraduate biology
Anand K. Bachhawat
The introduction of programmes in both old and new uni-versities and institutions that have taken up the cause of undergraduate (UG) biology is impacting its teaching in...
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- Lindley, S. T., Estimation of population growth and extinction parameters from noisy data. Ecol. Appl., 2003, 13, 806–813.
- Martin, H., The Archaean grey gnesisses and the genesis of continental crust. In Archaean Crustal Evolution (ed. Condie, K. C.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1994, pp. 205–259.
- Rao, K. N. and Vaidyanadhan, R., Geomorphic features in Krishna Delta and its evolution. In Proceedings of the National Symposium on Morphology and Evolution of Landforms, Department of Geology, Delhi University, New Delhi, 1978.
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