AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Studies on pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms;

by Ashwin K

Institution: Anna University
Department: Studies on pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms
Year: 2015
Keywords: Atomic Force Microscope; Scanning Electron Microscope
Record ID: 1197633
Full text PDF: http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/10603/39220


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