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The Influence of Plant Secondary Metabolites on the Nutritional Ecology of Herbivorous Terrestrial Vertebrates

Dearing, M.; Foley, William; McLean, Stuart


Plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) significantly impact the nutritional ecology of terrestrial vertebrate herbivores. Herbivores have a wide range of mechanisms (herbivore offenses) to mitigate the negative effects of PSMs. We discuss several behavioral and physiological offenses used by terrestrial vertebrates. Several newly recognized herbivore offenses such as regulated absorption and regulation of toxin intake are presented. We give a detailed description of the biotransformation system...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics
DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.36.102003.152617


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