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The effect of plant secondary metabolites on the interplay between the internal and external environments of marsupial folivores

De Gabriel, Jane; Moore, Ben; Ford (previously Marsh), Karen; Foley, William


Most woody plants contain a diverse array of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) that deter vertebrate herbivores. However, mammalian folivores have evolved a complex of physiological and behavioural strategies to counter these compounds, leading to the development of an "evolutionary arms race". Marsupial folivores are ideal models to investigate the role of PSMs in the interaction between the external foraging environment and the digestive physiology of mammalian herbivores, as we have a very...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Chemoecology
DOI: 10.1007/s00049-009-0037-3


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