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Plant secondary metabolites as mammalian feeding deterrents: separating the effects of the taste of salicin from its post-ingestive consequences in the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Pass, Georgia; Foley, William


The effect of the phenolic glycoside, salicin, on food intake of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) was studied in a series of feeding experiments. Increasing the concentration of salicin in a diet of fruits and cereals led to significant reductions of food intake in the short term (6 days). After prolonged (20 days) exposure to salicin, food intake (19 g kg-0.75 day-1) was still reduced relative to controls (31 g kg-0.75 day-1) but not reduced to the same extent as in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology


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