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Acid loads induced by the detoxification of plant secondary metabolites do not limit feeding by common brushtail possums ( Trichosurus vulpecula )

Edwards, Melanie; Wallis, Ian; Foley, William


We fed common brushtail possums artificial diets containing a buffer and the plant secondary metabolite (PSM), orcinol, to test the hypothesis that organic acids, common products of PSM metabolism, limit feeding by common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula). We introduced several diets containing orcinol and a buffer (urinary alkalising agent) over a course of three experiments. A diet containing 2% orcinol (wet matter) caused possums to reduce their food intake immediately, but feeding...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00360-009-0404-y


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