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The Use of Polyethylene Glycol in Mammalian Herbivore Diet Studies: What Are We Measuring?

Windley, Hannah R; Wigley, Hannah J; Ruscoe, Wendy A; Foley, William J; Marsh, Karen J

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Polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been used to study the intake and digestion of tannin-rich plants by mammalian herbivores because it preferentially binds to tannins. However, it is not clear whether the responses of herbivores to dietary PEG is due to increased protein availability from the release of tannin-bound protein, amelioration of tannin effects, or whether PEG also may bind to other compounds and change their activity in the gut. We used three native New Zealand tree species to measure...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-06
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/108014
Source: Journal of chemical ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-016-0709-8

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