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The effect of excesses and deficiencies in amino acids on the feeding behaviour of the common brushtail possum ( Trichosurus vulpecula )

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


In this study of the amino acid nutrition of a marsupial we tested three hypotheses: (a) that brushtail possums eat less when diets contain excesses or deficiencies in essential amino acids, (b) that brushtail possums choose diets that do not contain amino acid excesses, and (c) that amino acid consumption is mediated partly by the 5HT3 receptor. Possums ate less when 0.2-1.0% methionine (wet matter) was added to the diet, but similar concentrations of lysine and threonine had little effect....[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00360-002-0289-5


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