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The effects of plant defensive chemistry on nutrient availability predict reproductive success in a mammal

De Gabriel, Jane; Moore, Ben; Foley, William; Johnson, Christopher

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Plants contain a variety of chemical defenses that strongly affect feeding rates in captive mammals, but their effects on the fitness of wild herbivores are largely unknown. This is because the complexity of defensive compounds, and herbivores' counteradaptations to them, make their effects in the wild difficult to measure. We show how tannins interact with protein to produce spatial variation in the nutritional quality of eucalypt foliage, which is related to demography in a wild population of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/57488
Source: Ecology
DOI: 10.1890/08-0940.1

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