AuthorAriffin, Radziah Bt.
KeywordsDesert flora as food.
Desert plants as food.
Desert plants -- Arizona.
Desert plants -- Mexico.
Desert plants -- California.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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Degree ProgramGraduate College
Nutrition and Food Science
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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