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Swamp wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons show intraspecific preferences for foliage

Lawler, I; Foley, William

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A preliminary experiment is reported in which differences in the palatability of the foliage of individual E. ovata trees were tested, using cafeteria-style experiments with captive swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) and Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii). Strong and consistent preferences were shown by both macropod species. These preferences were not correlated with any of the conventional measures of nutritional quality or putative defence compounds often made on Eucalyptus...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLawler, I
dc.contributor.authorFoley, William
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:22:41Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-9158
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/91573
dc.description.abstractA preliminary experiment is reported in which differences in the palatability of the foliage of individual E. ovata trees were tested, using cafeteria-style experiments with captive swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) and Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billardierii). Strong and consistent preferences were shown by both macropod species. These preferences were not correlated with any of the conventional measures of nutritional quality or putative defence compounds often made on Eucalyptus foliage. However, the preferences shown by these macropods correlate strongly with preferences shown by common ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrimis), an interaction which is far better understood. Thus the same chemical factors may influence the palatability of the foliage for all three marsupial species. Continuing research on the relationship between chemical compounds in Eucalyptus foliage and the palatability of the foliage for browsing animals could potentially yield significant advantages in plantation pest management. The utility of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy as a tool for screening plants for resistance to browsing is also discussed.
dc.publisherInstitute of Foresters of Australia
dc.sourceAustralian Forestry
dc.titleSwamp wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons show intraspecific preferences for foliage
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume62
dc.date.issued1999
local.identifier.absfor060208 - Terrestrial Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub22360
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLawler, I, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFoley, William, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage17
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage20
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:12:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0003352228
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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