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The effect of inactivating tannins on the intake of Eucalyptus foliage by a specialist Eucalyptus folivore ( Pseudocheirus peregrinus ) and a generalist herbivore ( Trichosurus vulpecula )

Ford (previously Marsh), Karen; Wallis, Ian; Foley, William

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The paucity of evidence on eucalypt browsing by common brushtail and common ringtail possums suggests that ringtails preferentially eat foliage from trees within the subgenus Monocalyptus. In contrast, brushtails eat less eucalypt foliage than do ringtails and prefer trees from the subgenus Symphyomyrtus. Trees from these subgenera differ in their defensive chemicals. Both contain tannins but it appears that only the symphyomyrts synthesise formylated phloroglucinol compounds (FPCs). We fed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/85739
Source: Australian Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1071/ZO02055

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