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Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape

Moore, Ben; Foley, William


Although defence against herbivores is often argued to be the main action of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs), very few examples have demonstrated that intraspecific variation in PSM concentrations influences foraging by wild vertebrate herbivores. Experiments with captive animals often indicate that PSM concentrations influence how much herbivores eat from individual plants, but these experiments do not replicate the subtle trade-offs in diet selection faced by wild animals, which must avoid...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature03551


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