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The scientific cradle of botany—Theophrastus and other pioneers

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Affiliations: 1: Robert Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Robert Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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