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Which trees do wild common brushtail possums ( Trichosurus vulpecula ) prefer? Problems and solutions in scaling laboratory findings to diet selection in the field

Scrivener, Nilla; Johnson, Christopher; Wallis, Ian; Takasaki, Midori; Foley, William; Krockenberger, Andrew


In this study, we examined whether a group of plant secondary metabolites - the formylated phloroglucinol compounds (FPCs), which are known to deter feeding on eucalypt foliage by captive marsupial folivores - influence feeding by wild common brushtail possums. There was at least a six-fold range of FPC concentrations in the foliage of individual trees within a single eucalypt species. Possums largely avoided trees with high FPC concentrations. While some trees with low FPCs were used heavily,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolutionary Ecology Research


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