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A simple, integrative assay to quantify nutritional quality of browses for herbivores

De Gabriel, Jane; Wallis, Ian; Moore, Ben; Foley, William

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Many regard the concentrations of nitrogen (N), tannins and plant cell wall constituents (fibre) as key indicators of food quality and habitat suitability for browsing herbivores; yet there is no method for measuring their combined effects. We have developed a simple in vitro assay for measuring the effects of tannins and fibre on N availability in browse. We determined the effects of tannins by measuring the polyethylene glycol (PEG)-binding capacity (PEG-BC) of Eucalyptus leaf samples,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53630
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-0960-y

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