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Behavioural contributions to the regulated intake of plant secondary metabolites in koalas

Ford (previously Marsh), Karen; Wallis, Ian; Foley, William

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In a given period of time, herbivores often eat less as dietary plant secondary metabolite (PSM) concentrations increase. This reduction in total food intake is interpreted as a need for the herbivore to regulate PSM ingestion in order to avoid toxication. However, regulation of PSM ingestion involves more than the reduction of total intake; it involves an alteration of meal patterns, through a reduction in the number and/or the size of the meals eaten. Despite this, studies of how herbivores...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/51645
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-007-0828-6

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