Validation of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy to estimate the potential intake of Eucalyptus foliage by folivorous marsupials
We validated an existing model of food intake by captive common ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), a folivorous marsupial, by feeding foliage from 18 individual Eucalyptus polyanthemos trees and measuring dry matter intake. Near-infrared reflectance (NIR) spectra of a sample of each foliage were recorded and compared against a previously derived model relating food intake in common ringtails and NIR spectra. We found excellent agreement between the predicted and measured food intake,...[Show more]
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