Journal articles made easy: Natural product herbicide, thaxtomin A


This article looks at developing a natural product herbicide, thaxtomin A. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was originally published in our Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry journal.

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Undergraduate to Teacher


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