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Weighing trees with lasers : Advances, challenges and opportunities. / Disney, M. I.; Boni Vicari, M.; Burt, A.; Calders, K.; Lewis, S. L.; Raumonen, P.; Wilkes, P.

In: Interface Focus, Vol. 8, No. 2, 20170048, 06.04.2018.

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Disney, MI, Boni Vicari, M, Burt, A, Calders, K, Lewis, SL, Raumonen, P & Wilkes, P 2018, 'Weighing trees with lasers: Advances, challenges and opportunities', Interface Focus, vol. 8, no. 2, 20170048. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2017.0048

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Disney, M. I., Boni Vicari, M., Burt, A., Calders, K., Lewis, S. L., Raumonen, P., & Wilkes, P. (2018). Weighing trees with lasers: Advances, challenges and opportunities. Interface Focus, 8(2), [20170048]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2017.0048

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Disney MI, Boni Vicari M, Burt A, Calders K, Lewis SL, Raumonen P et al. Weighing trees with lasers: Advances, challenges and opportunities. Interface Focus. 2018 Apr 6;8(2). 20170048. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2017.0048

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Disney, M. I. ; Boni Vicari, M. ; Burt, A. ; Calders, K. ; Lewis, S. L. ; Raumonen, P. ; Wilkes, P. / Weighing trees with lasers : Advances, challenges and opportunities. In: Interface Focus. 2018 ; Vol. 8, No. 2.

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