A Preliminary Note on the Results of Crossing Certain Varieties of Nicotiana Tabacum

William Albert Setchell, Thomas Harper Goodspeed, Roy Elwood Clausen
1921 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  
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