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Intraspecific Variation in Nutritional Composition Affects the Leaf Age Preferences of a Mammalian Herbivore

Marsh, Karen; Ward, Jessica; Wallis, Ian; Foley, William


Ecologists have long been interested in how the nutritional composition of leaves changes as they age, and whether this affects herbivore feeding preferences. As a consequence, the literature abounds with reports that younger leaves contain higher concentrations of nitrogen and plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) than do older leaves. Most of these studies, however, base their conclusions on average values that often mean little to herbivores. We examined this issue in the well-studied...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-017-0911-3
Access Rights: Open Access


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