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Plant wax alkanes and alcohols as herbivore diet composition markers

Bugalho, Miguel N; Dove, Hugh; Kelman, Walter; Wood, Jeffrey; Mayes, Robert


The n-alkanes in plant cuticular wax have been used as markers for estimating the species composition of herbivore diets, but the long-chain fatty alcohols (LCOH) of plant wax may also be useful. The objective of this research was to assess if LCOH contributed extra information to differentiate plant species, compared with n-alkanes only. We used 3 data sets consisting of n-alkane and LCOH concentrations of plant species occurring in pastures of New South Wales, Australia. We used Principal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Rangeland Ecology and Management


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